Back on the road to a world title shot, bantamweight contender Jose Navarro will headline the next edition of Golden Boy Promotions’ “Fight Night Club” in his hometown of Los Angeles on Thursday, July 22 at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in a six round fight. The co-featured bout on the hit monthly boxing series will be what promises to be a bantamweight war between Montebello’s Nestor Rocha and San Diego’s Benji Garcia in a six round battle.. Opening up the telecast, Jamie Kavanagh will make his second appearance on “Fight Night Club” against an opponent to be determined in a four round fight. Also in action will be unbeaten East Los Angeles junior welterweight prospect Ramon Valadez against Los Angeles’s Oscar Andrade and Van Nuy’s Jesus Rodriguez taking on LA’s Luis Martinez.
“Fight Night Club” is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and AEG and is sponsored by DeWalt Tools, McDonald’s, Budweiser, Powerade and USTREAM. The series will return to L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia on August 26, September 30, October 28 and November 18. The fights will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net (FSN) and its regional sports network affiliates (check local listings) and streamed live online at www.ustream.com and www.RingTV.com at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT and the first bell rings at 7:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $250 (VIP On-Stage Seats, which are limited to only ten per show and allow purchasers to sit ringside on Club Nokia’s stage near VIP’s attending the fight [De La Hoya, Mosley, etc.], receive an autographed boxing glove and provide buyers access to the Club Nokia VIP Room during the event), $100 (VIP Front Row Balcony Seats which grant buyers access to the Club Nokia VIP Room), $60 (VIP Balcony Seats which grant buyers access to the Club Nokia VIP Room during the event) and $19.75 (General Admission: Floor Standing Room & Balcony Seats) are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 online at http://www.ticketmaster.comor through any Ticketmaster outlet or the STAPLES Center box office. Group tickets and full series tickets at a discounted rate are also available by calling 1-877-AEG TICKETS (1-877-234-8425).
A member of the 2000 United States Olympic team, East Los Angeles southpaw Jose Navarro (27-5, 12 KO’s) has come close to winning a world title several times over the course of his nine year career, but believes that now is the time when he will finally strap gold around his waist. In May, Navarro fought in LA for the first time since 2004, decisioning Benji Garcia at Club Nokia, and he’s eager to get back to the “Fight Night Club” in July in order to keep his momentum going against an opponent to be determined in a six round fight.
In his first fight since a challenge for the WBC Bantamweight World Title last July, 27-year-old Nestor Rocha (21-2, 7 KO’s) looks to get back to the form that saw him win four of his last five bouts while sailing to the top of the bantamweight rankings. Standing in his way will be granite-chinned Benji Garcia (14-15-3, 1 KO), the type of fighter no one wants to see on fight night, leading fans to believe that a Fight of the Year-quality match is on tap this July.
Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh (2-0, 1 KO), who originally hails from Ireland, but now makes his home in Los Angeles is looking to add another win to his clean pro record. Under the guidance of the great Freddie Roach, the top prospect is ready to make “Fight Night Club” his home away from home with his second appearance in a row.
Fan favorite Ramon Valadez (1-0) of East Los Angeles will return to “Fight Night Club” against fellow unbeaten AngelinoOscar Andrade (1-0, 1 KO) in a four round junior welterweight battle. Also in action will be a battle of Southern California junior lightweights,Van Nuys’ Jesus Rodriguez (2-0) and Los Angeles’ Luis Martinez (2-3-1) in a four round bout. Opening up the card will be two amateur fights.
“Fight Night Club,” is Golden Boy Promotions’ and AEG’s critically acclaimed live monthly boxing series, that presents boxing in a night club atmosphere, with a DJ, music, great food and a VIP room, as well as a unique setup where the ring is on Club Nokia’s stage with standing room for fans in front of the ring, as well as reserved seating in the balcony. After the boxing action ends, fans are invited to stay to hear great music played by LA’s hottest DJ’s, dance and mingle with the fighters as the venue converts back into a night club.