ROSEVILLE, CA — Upstart Northern California boxing promoter O.P.P. brings live professional boxing back to the Placer County Fair & Events Center in Roseville with “Showdown at the Fairgrounds II” on Saturday, October 12th. The highly-anticipated event is headlined by fast-rising junior middleweight prospect Aaron Coley and highlighted by a showdown between two undefeated light welterweights, Aldwayne Simpson and Ulises Soriano, both based out of Richmond, California. Several of the region’s most promising fighters will round out the card. Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.15rounds.com/Showdown or by calling 925-208-1086.
Coley (7-0, 4 KOs) of Hayward, California will make the move up to the six-round distance for the first time in his career as he takes on an opponent to be announced shortly. Coley was last in the ring back on July 20th at the initial “Showdown at the Fairgrounds” where he took a shutout four-round decision over a game Saul Benitez.
In a bout that has the region’s boxing scene buzzing, Aldwayne Simpson (4-0, 2 KOs) risks his unbeaten mark against Ulises Soriano (2-0-1) in a four-rounder sure to produce fireworks. The bout matches two fighters of different but equally exciting styles. It will be Simpson, the quick and athletic boxer against Soriano, the determined, come-forward swinger. Simpson is coming off a four-round decision against career-spoiler Joaquin Chavez. Soriano last fought to a hotly-contested draw with still undefeated Gabriel Pineda.
Local fan favorite John Abella (4-0-1, 2 KOs) of neighboring Sacramento, California returns to the ring against Christian Cartier (0-2) of Las Vegas, Nevada by way of Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico in a four-round featherweight bout. In his last outing, Abella erased a headbutt-induced technical draw with a one-sided six-round decision in a rematch with Salvador Cifuentez this past April. Cartier has not shied away from tough competition, taking on unbeaten prospects in all of his pro bouts.
Former international amateur standout Adam Fiel (1-0, 1 KO) of Fairfield, California will be looking for win number two against in a four-round featherweight bout. Fiel spent time competing for both the U.S. and Filipino National Teams as part of a decorated amateur career. Fiel turned pro at “Showdown at the Fairgrounds” with a devastating first-round stoppage of Francisco Solis. Fiel will take on Tyshawn Sherman (0-2) of Adelanto, California.
Making his return to the ring after a two-year absence, Miguel Lopez (2-1, 1 KO) of Oakland, California will take on debuting Luis Cruz of Sacramento in a four-round light middleweight bout. Lopez, who in his time away opened up the gym Boxing For Health in Oakland, suffered his only pro loss in his last contest, but to a fighter in Brandon Adams that now has an 11-0 career mark. Cruz is a pupil of Horacio Barrera at Broadway Boxing in Sacramento.
LaRon Mitchell, one of the top amateur heavyweights of the U.S. boxing system over the last couple of years, makes the second start of his pro career as he takes on journeyman Blue DeLong (0-4)of Glendale, Arizona in a four-round heavyweight bout. Mitchell (1-0, 1 KO) was the runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and silver medalist at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships when a shoulder injury prevented him from competing in the finals. DeLong is coming off of a tough assignment against still unbeaten Gerald Washington.
One additional professional bout will be announced shortly. The card will also feature USA Boxing-sanctioned amateur contests and a live musical performance by Davina.
Tickets for the event, promoted by O.P.P., are available online at www.15rounds.com/Showdown or by calling 925-208-1086.