Top Nicaraguan prospect Roberto Arriaza (11-0, 10 KOs) makes his U.S. debut one week from Friday against Cameron Kreal (8-9-2, 1 KO) of Las Vegas. It is perhaps the most intriguing fight on the undercard of Thompson Boxing Promotions “New Blood” Anniversary Event.
The action takes place Friday, May 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Arriaza, a welterweight boasting substantial punching power in either mitt, has been in the U.S. since April, training feverishly for the 8-round fight against Kreal. He is largely an unknown commodity in the States. He’s counting on an impressive showing to endear himself to the influential Southern California audience
“I’m coming in well prepared for this fight,” said the 26-year-old. “It’s important to make a statement in my first U.S. event. I want to show the fans that my talent is real and to expect great things from me down the road.”
“I don’t plan on wasting any rounds. I have an aggressive boxing style. I’m confident that I’m going to put on an exciting performance.”
Arriaza signed with Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions in early January, just prior to him capturing the vacant WBA Fedecentro welterweight title against Aristides Quintero.
Tickets for “New Blood” are priced at $40, $60, & $100 and are available for purchase online at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.
In the “New Blood” main event, NABA Champion Danny Roman (18-2-1, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles defends his 122-pound title for the third time against hardened veteran Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) of Mexico (10-rounds).
In the 10-round co-feature, former Ukrainian Olympian Taras Shelestyuk (13-0, 8 KOs) defends his unbeaten mark against an opponent to be named later. The 8-round fight will be contested at the welterweight level. Shelestyuk is co-promoted through Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell rings at 7:45 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 N. Vineyard Ave. in Ontario, Calif. and can be reached at 909-937-0900.