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World ranked lightweight Xolisani Ndongeni & featherweight super prospect Ruben Villa headline undercard on Friday, November 4

POSTED ON Tuesday, October 25, 2016  - POSTED IN News

Philadelphia, PA./Corona CA. (Oct. 25, 2016) – World ranked lightweight contender Xolisani Ndongeni and highly regarded featherweight prospect Ruben Villa will headline a terrific undercard on Friday night, November 4th at the Omega Products International Events Center in Corona, California.

Ndongeni of East Cape, South Africa has a record of 21-0 with 11 knockouts and is ranked number-2 by the WBA.

The 26 year-old will be making his American debut against Juan Garcia Mendez (19-1-1, 12 KO’s) of Mexicali, Mexico in a bout scheduled for ten-rounds.

Ndongeni turned professional in 2010 and is the IBO Lightweight champion and former South African Super Featherweight & Lightweight champion. Among his 21 wins is a win over former world champion Mzonke Fana. In his last bout, Ndongeni scored a 1st round stoppage over Emilio Norfat on April 22nd in East London, South Africa.

Ndongeni is promoted is Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves Promotions.

Mendez, 24 years-old, is a 7 year professional, and is on a five-fight winning streak. In his last bout, Mendez stopped Roman Mendez in 1 round on May 29, 2015 in Mexicali, Mexico.

Villa of Salinas, California has a record of 2-0 with 2 1st-round knockouts.

The 19 year-old was a two-time National Golden Glove Champion, 2-time Jr. Olympics Champion, and 2015 Olympic Trials runner-up, and he holds two victories over 2016 Olympic silver medal winner Shakur Stevenson.

He turned professional on July 29th with a 1st round stoppage over Gerardo Molina. Villa followed that up with a first round stoppage over Jose Mora on September 23rd in Ontario, California.

Villa’s opponent in the scheduled four-round bout will be announced shortly.

In a 4-round super flyweight bout, Danny Andujo (2-0, 1 KO) of Temcula, California will battle Joel Cano (0-3) of Ciudad, Mexico.

Jonathan Esquivel of Anaheim, California will make his pro debut against an opponent to be named in a middleweight bout.

Tickets for the event promoted by Banner Promotions & Thompson, are priced at $100 (ringside), $70 (reserved) and $50 (general admission) and can be purchased by calling (714) 935-0900.

Undefeated 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Taras “Real Deal” Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) will face upset-minded Jaime Herrera in the 10-round welterweight main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader on, live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In the co-feature, undefeated cruiserweights Constantin Bejenaru (11-0, 4 KOs, 0-1-1 in World Series of Boxing), of Catskill, NY by way of Moldova, and Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of New York, will collide in a 10-rounder for the vacant WBC International and WBC Continental Americas titles.

In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated lightweight Vitor Jones Freitas (12-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs), of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will be opposed by local fan favorite Manuel Mendez (12-1-2, 8 KOs), of Indio, CA, in an 8-round bout. The 23-year-old Freitas is the nephew of popular former four-time world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas.

Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and former world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Rich Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

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About ShoBox: The New GenerationSince its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. The ShoBox philosophy is to televise exciting, crowd-pleasing and competitive matches while providing a proving ground for willing prospects determined to fight for a world title. Some of the growing list of the 67 fighters who have appeared on ShoBox and advanced to garner world titles includes: Andre Ward, Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Lamont Peterson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Omar Figueroa, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and more.

Willie Monroe, Jr.: “I know Canelo would fight me.”

POSTED ON Thursday, October 6, 2016  - POSTED IN Events, Fights, News

Philadelphia, PA (October 5, 2016)–After his emphatic unanimous decision victory over Gabriel Rosado on September, 17th, it was widely understood in the boxing industry that middleweight contender Willie Monroe, Jr. would get an opportunity to face Canelo Alvarez in a bout this winter or next spring.

Now it seems, Canelo’s team, led by trainer Eddie Reynoso, have seemed to do a 180 degree turn, and they don’t want their prized fighter anywhere near the former world title challenger.

“I don’t think it’s Canelo himself, but it is his team. I know Canelo would fight me,” said Monroe. “I think it is trainers who fear that they can’t prepare Canelo for my style.”

Monroe points to pre-fight talk that came from Canelo’s side that the winner of the fight between Monroe & Rosado would be the front-runner to receive the fight with Alvarez.

“If he is a true man, they should stick to their word. The plan was for the winner of that fight to be able to fight Canelo. They thought Rosado would win, and he would just be a guy that would get pounded by Canelo.”

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and it was me who did not want to fight an aggressive fighter, I would look like a punk.”

“They keep putting me on the “B” side, and I just keep on winning. Remember Rosado was the guy who kept saying he was going to knock me out and talking a lot, calling me scared and a bum; I am not that type of guy. I don’t have nine gold chains around my neck or gold teeth in.”

Watch the fight with Rosado. I stood in the middle of the ring with my feet planted in. I was waiting for Rosado to come in, and after I hit him a few times, he looked scared and it was me pressing him.”

“All I want is the opportunity. Canelo got to where he is by fighting big names, so I feel I deserve this opportunity.”

Petr Petrov earns mandatory WBA lightweight title shot with stoppage over Michael Perez

POSTED ON Monday, October 3, 2016  - POSTED IN Events, Fights, News

Indio, CA (October 3, 2016) – Petr Petrov (38-4-2, 19 KO’s) earned a mandatory world title shot at the WBA Lightweight title with a stoppage after 6 rounds over Michael Perez in a scheduled 12 round bout at the Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in Indio, California.

In round 2, Perez was bloodied over his right eye, and Petrov was cut on his forehead. Later in the round, Petrov dropped Perez with a hard right to the head. Petrov continued the assault as he battered and hurt Perez with evenly dispersed punches to the head and body. As the blood continued over Perez’s right eye, Petrov never let up.

Finally, trainer Robert Garcia decided his fighter had enough and stopped the fight after the 6th round.

“I just want to thank everybody who made this win possible. My wife Carolina, My family back home in Spain and Russia. This victory is what I have been working for to be so close to a world title shot. This was one of the best training camps I have had, and I want to thank my trainer/ manager Danny Zamora and my strength and conditioning coach Jerry Arias,” said Petrov. “Mike Perez is a true warrior, and he came to fight, and it was great fight. All I want to do is go home to Spain get some rest and wait for the phone call from my promoter to let me know when I will be fighting for the world title.”

Banner Promotions President, Artie Pelullo stated, “Petr looked sensational, He has been getting better every fight, and this is the best he has looked. He has really earned his title opportunity. In his last 6 bouts the combined record of his opponents is 135-24-5. Now we will look to make the WBA world title bout as quickly as possible.”

Photos by Kyte Monroe

Petr Petrov 134 – Michael Perez 135

POSTED ON Friday, September 30, 2016  - POSTED IN Events, Fights, News

Indio (September 30, 2016) – NABA Lightweight champion Petr “Zar”Petrov (37-4-2, 18 KO’s) of Ryazan, Russia weighed in at 134 lbs while WBA Number 3 rated Lightweight contender, Michael “The Artist” Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) of Newark, N.J. weighed 135 lbs WBA Lightweight World Title Eliminator on September 30 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and broadcast live nationally on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar.

Petr Petrov vs. Michael Perez is a 12-round fight for the WBA Lightweight World Title Eliminator presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and sponsored by “Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD.” The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Estrella TV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenomeno Studios. The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are still available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at All floor seats are now sold out.

For more information visit,, follow on twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @EstrellaTV, and become a fan on Facebook at,, visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing and @EstrellaTV; and follow the conversation using #BoxeoEstelar.


POSTED ON Thursday, September 29, 2016  - POSTED IN Events, Fights, News

LOS ANGELES (September 28, 2016) – Golden Boy Promotions has taken the exciting Michael Perez vs. Petr Petrov card to the next level with its addition of action packed, top talent undercard fighters for this fight on Friday, September 30 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

Broadcast live on Estrella TV and streaming live simultaneously on Ring TV, and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios, the main event will feature Newark, New Jersey’s Michael “The Artist” Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) who is preparing for the toughest fight of his career yet as he takes one step closer to bringing home the WBA Lightweight Title when he takes on resilient Russian fighter Petr “Zar” Petrov (37-4-2, 17 KOs) on Friday, September 30 in a scheduled 12-round lightweight eliminator fight.

Snatching a spot on the televised card as the co-main event will be skilled San Diego fighter Genaro “El Conde” Gamez (2-0, 2 KOs) looking to defeat Durham, North Carolina’s Vernon Alston (9-6-1, 7 KOs) in the six-round super featherweight event. Opening up the televised portion of the night, Santa Ana, CA sensation Alexis Rocha (4-0, 3 KOs) will return to the ring to participate in a six-round welterweight bout against Colbert “The Pittbull” Lozoya (7-13) of El, Paso, TX.

Rounding out the non-televised undercard, streamed live on Ring TV, Luis Coria of Indio, CA will be making his professional debut in a scheduled four-round super bantamweight fight against Ciudad, Mexico fighter Noe Munoz (2-3); Indio, CA’s Javier Padilla will fight for the first time professionally in a four-round super bantamweight clash against Richard Morales (0-2) of Denver, CO; East LA’s Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (6-0, 5 KOs) will participate in a six-round super lightweight bout facing Farkhad “Crazy Russian” Sharipov (4-8, 1 KO) of Kissimmee, Florida. Kicking off this fight night will be Bastie Samir (14-0-1, 14 KOs) of Las Vegas, NV in the super middleweight division going six rounds against Sijoula “Siju/Juice” Ade Shabazz (6-1, 5 KOs) of Frankfurt, Germany.

After leaving behind a highly decorated amateur career, including being ranked as the number one lightweight in the United States, Genaro “El Conde” Gamez has quickly become of boxing’s top prospects. A 2014 USA Boxing National Champion, San Diego’s Gamez is currently coached by renowned former world champion Robert Garcia. Since breaking into his professional career with a catastrophic first round knockout over Archie Weah, Gamez is sure and was most recently seen in the ring defeating Juan Bryand on June 4 and hopes to do the same when he takes on Vernon Alston.

Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Vernon Alston brings six knockouts under his belt to his eight wins. Since turning professional over six years ago and known for his aggressive fighting, Alston will be making his Fantasy Springs debut for this bout and hopes to put on a show in the ring as he fights on the televised co-main event in the scheduled six-round super featherweight fight.

The youngest fighter to ever take home the gold from the Junior Olympics in 2012, Alexis Rocha has been the talk of the boxing world since becoming a six-time national champion during his amateur career. As the younger brother of current WBC Silver Featherweight Champion, Ronny Rios, the six-time national champion signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions in 2016. The young standout Rocha made his professional debut in March via third-round knockout over Jordan Rosario. Since then, Rocha defeated Abdel Vera on May 6 via first round knockout at the Toshiba Plaza in Las Vegas and went the distance for the first time in his career to secure a unanimous decision victory against Anthony Woods on June 4. Now, set to face Colbert Lozoya on September 30, Rocha will be looking to maintain his perfect record intact.

Having been a professional fighter for over fifteen years, Colbert “Pittbull” Lozoya of El Paso, Texas will be fighting for the first time in California. As the thirty-six year-old welterweight fighter faces Alexis Rocha in the televised opener of the night, this fight is sure to be youth versus experience bout.

Local Indio fighter Luis Coria will be making his professional debut on Friday, September 30th as he takes the stage in what is sure to be a super featherweight fight against Noe Munoz.

Coming over from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Noe Munoz will fight for the first time at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Having fought professionally for over a year now, this tough twenty-seven year-old fighter with be fighting for the fourth time this year.

Javier Padilla of Indio, CA will be fighting professionally for the very first time as he takes on Denver, CO’s Richard Morales in a four-round super bantamweight clash. Padilla will be looking to take home a victory and begin his boxing career with a bang come September 30th.

Twenty-eight year-old Richard Morales coming all the way from Denver, CO will be hoping to make a big name for himself as he faces Javier Padilla of Indio, CA for a super bantamweight fight scheduled to go four rounds.

Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro representing East Los Angeles has lived up to his nickname thus far, as the 19-year-old has ended four of his five wins by knockout. Having most recently taken down Marc Torres by way of technical knockout on June 4 at The StubHub Center on the undercard of Vargas vs. Salido, this fan favorite is hungry to make a name for himself in the East L.A. boxing scene by fighting at Fantasy Spring Resort Casino for the very first time. As the nephew of former boxing Olympian Jose Navarro, “Thunder” has boxing his in his blood and hopes to keep up the family tradition of big victories and sensational knockouts come September 30.

Farkhad “Frank/Crazy Russian” Sharipov of Kissimmee, FL will fight for the first time at Fantasy Springs on this September 30 fight card. A super lightweight fighter, Sharipov is sure to bring his Kyrgyzstan style of fighting in to the ring when he faces Jonathan Navarro for a super lightweight six-round fight.

Hailing all the way from Ghana, Bastie Samir now calls Las Vegas his home and is eager to make a name for himself as a powerful super middleweight fighter. So far, Samir has maintained an undefeated status and is hopeful to keep it that way as he fights for the second time at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, when he knocked out opponent Greg Hackett in the first round. With a 93% knockout record, fight fans can expect to see Samir’s power and strength come September 30.

Participating in the opening bout of the night, Sijoula “Siju/Juice” Ade Shabazz of Frankfurt, Germany will take on Bastie Samir for the super middleweight bout of the night to go a scheduled six rounds. Coming in to the ring with a three year winning streak-most of which resulting in knockouts, Shabazz is sure to give Samir a tough fight as they open this fight night.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and are priced at $45, $35, and $25. They can be purchased at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at

Michael Perez vs. Petr Petrov is a 12-round fight for the WBA Lightweight World Title Eliminator presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Banner Promotions and sponsored by “Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD.” Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and the first bout begins at 5:15 p.m. The Estrella TV Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on Friday, September 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and will stream live simultaneously on and on YouTube via Fenomeno Studios: The Ring TV live stream will begin at approximately 5:15 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m.

For more information visit,, follow on twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @EstrellaTV, and become a fan on Facebook at,, visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing and @EstrellaTV; and follow the conversation using #BoxeoEstelar.

Ruben Villa stops Mora in one for second straight first round knockout

POSTED ON Sunday, September 25, 2016  - POSTED IN Events, Fights, News

Onatario, CA. (September 23, 2016)–Heralded featherweight prospect Ruben Villa made it two-for-two in first round stoppages as he took out Jose Mora at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.

Villa dropped Mora with a right hook, and then stepped on the gas with a flurry of power punches until the fight was stopped at 2:31.

Villa of Salinas, California is now with two knockouts.

“Ruben has been very impressive in his first two outings,” said Banner Promotions President, Artie Pelullo. “We will have him back on November 4th on the undercard of our fight card in Corona, California.”

“The fight went as expected,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “Ruben was sensational in earning his second straight knockout win. It’s very early in his career, but you can already tell how special he is.”


Ruben Villa to battle Jose Mora on TONIGHT in Ontario, California

POSTED ON Friday, September 23, 2016  - POSTED IN Events, Fights, News

Onatario, CA. (September 23, 2016)–Heralded prospect Ruben Villa (1-0, 1 KO) will make his 2nd professional start when he takes on Jose Mora on TONIGHT at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.

Villa of Salinas, California is looking for his second straight impressive performance after stopping Gerardo Molina in the first round of his debut on July 29th in the same venue.

Villa weighed in at 125.2 pounds, while Mora was 122.3 pounds at Thursday’s weigh-in.

Banner Promotions President, Artie Pelullo stated, “We are excited to get Ruben back in the ring tonight. He had a sensational debut, and we expect tonight to be no different. With a win, we have him penciled in to come back on November 4th.”

“Everyone is excited to see Ruben again,” said Ken Thompson, President of Thompson Boxing. “He created quite a stir in his pro debut in July and there’s a lot of buzz heading into his second fight.”

“We are looking forward to see the progression of a great athlete,” said Alex Camponovo of Thompson Boxing. “He has prepared well, and we will see another outstanding performance from Ruben.”

Photo By Carlos Baeza/ Thompson Boxing

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