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"I'm excited to be headlining this show in Los Angeles with Golden Boy Promotions," Ramirez said in a press release. "It's going to be a great night of boxing with fans back in the stands. I've always enjoyed fighting here, and I can't wait to put on a show to continue my hunt for the light heavyweight championship. I appreciate Oscar and the Golden Boy family for their love and support, and I look will forward to a great night of boxing."
Barrera (22-3, 14 KOs) has come up short against 175-pound unified champion Andre Ward, current WBA (super) titlist Dmitry Bivol, but did knock WBO titleholder Joe Smith Jr. He'd been set to face Sergey Kovalev in January, but the latter failed a drug test, and the fight was pulled. So now he gets another opportunity to be in a marquee affair.
Jojo Diaz explained that he took a fight against Javier Fortuna to move on from his disappointing clash with Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov earlier this year.
Diaz was the IBF junior lightweight champion going into the clash but came in above weight, and was stripped of his title. The matchup went to a majority draw, leaving the belt up for grabs for the future.
“These are the kinds of fights that will take my career to the next level,” said Hector Tanajara Jr. “A win against a tough, undefeated southpaw contender will show everyone that I am ready for a world title opportunity. I believe in my skills and my talent, and on July 9, I will put them on full display at Banc of California Stadium.”
“I’m ready to face the most difficult challenge of my career in Hector Tanajara Jr.,” said William Zepeda. “I have worked all my life to be able to fight on big stages such as the Zurdo vs. Barrera event. I know that Tanajara Jr. very elusive fighter, but I will do everything in my power to make him stand in the center of the ring and give a real show to all the fans.”
Diego De La Hoya (22-1, 10 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico will face Bryan Chevalier (15-1-1, 12 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a 10-round featherweight fight.
In a historic bout for women’s boxing, Naoka Fujioka (18-2-1, 8 KOs), Japan’s only five-division world champion, will defend her WBA Flyweight World Championship against Mexican standout Sulem Urbina (12-1, 2 KOs).
Former world title challenger Lamont Roach Jr. (20-1-1, 8 KOs) of Washington, D.C. will participate in a 10-round super featherweight battle.
Explosive Armenian contender Azat “Crazy A” Hovhannisyan (19-3, 16 KOs) will return in a 10-round super bantamweight fight.
Beating Tevin Farmer and drawing with Shavkat Rakhimov is more impressive than stopping the freefalling Jesus Cuellar and Antonio Lozada regardless of weight class.
There’s the issue of size, of course, but Fortuna was never big for lightweight. The more pressing concern is volume, as Diaz allowed Rakhimov to outwork him at times and make the fight closer than it had to be. Fortuna isn’t as crisp a combination puncher as Rakhimov, though, and figures to give Diaz a lot more opportunities to get in his own licks. While Fortuna’s superior power should keep it close, expect Diaz to do the better work inside for a 7-5 sort of decision
Speaking on the DAZN Boxing Show, Diaz said he was keen to put that episode behind him and show what he can do at 135 pounds.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to headline such a big card against Gilberto Ramirez," Barrera said. "I know that my opponent is a former world champion with a lot of experience and that he will come very much prepared. However, I feel that I have faced much better opposition. I've also spent my entire career in the light heavyweight division, something that will be totally new for him. It will be a difficult fight, but I will walk away with my hands raised in victory."
If someone told a young Gilberto Ramirez early in his amateur boxing career that he would eventually be one of the sport’s rising stars, a world champion and an ambassador for his native Mexico, such words would be met with a sneer or a laugh, or both.
As for being 41-0 with 27 knockouts heading into his July 9 meeting with Sullivan Barrera, well, that might have been met with a left hook.
Tsunami, who will be defending her 108-pound title, is a two-division world champion who has a lot of experience fighting at a world championship level. Although making her United States debut, Tsunami feels she is not at a disadvantage because she has fought over a dozen times in foreign countries.
“I am excited to accept the challenge of young and fast-rising Estrada,” said Tenkai Tsunami. “I know Estrada is a good boxer. But I have superior experience and skills that I have gotten throughout my 16-year career and which I wish to use to be victorious. This is my first fight in the United States, but have fought in Mexico seven times, once in Chile and six times in Korea.”