‘L.A. Fight Club’ to feature Venezuelan prospect Roger Gutierrez


The latest edition of the “L.A. Fight Club” from the Belasco Theater, presented by Golden Boy Promotions, will feature the undefeated super featherweight prospect Roger Gutierrez, 15-0-1 (12), who will face veteran trial horse Rene Alvarado, 25-8 (17). For Gutierrez, tonight is his not only his Golden Boy debut but just his second fight outside his native Venezuela.


Robert Diaz, head matchmaker for GBP, tells UCNLive.com, “I saw Roger fight a couple of years ago in Venezuela. It was when Jorge Linares went back there to fight; (Gutierrez) was on the undercard. Linares fought (Ivan) Cano. That was the first time I heard about the kid through the manager, who also manages Johan Perez. I’ve seen some of video. He’s very aggressive; he’s very strong.


“In fact, for this fight, he’s sparring Johan Perez, who fights at welterweight and what impresses me is that he backs up Johan. He’s still the aggressor with him. Now, that might mean Johan knowing that Roger’s smaller, is using defense and not going aggressive on him but it impresses me.”


When you think of boxers from Venezuela, you might think of the late Edwin Valero and Linares, the current WBA lightweight champion.


Diaz says, “He sort of reminds me of that aggressive Venezuelan fighter. You obviously have Linares, the technician. There’s also that rough, tough guy that comes from the street – and obviously I’m not comparing him to Valero – but something like that.”


In Alvarado, Gutierrez is matched against a seasoned veteran who will give a good indicator of just where Gutierrez is.


“People would say, ‘Oh, Rene Alvarado, he’s an opponent.’ Rene Alvarado, anyone that knows him knows he’s a tough son-of-a-gun who gave Joseph Diaz, who’s an Olympian, a tough time, gave (Yuriorkis) Gamboa rounds. He gives everybody a tough time, beat Jayson Velez. But this is a good way to measure where Roger really is. Does he have just a built record, that looks good in Venezuela ,that’s pretty, or is this kid the real deal?” asked Diaz, who is in charge of nurturing this career.


Again, many times, it’s not if you win but how you win that is really telling.


”If he comes in here and knocks out Rene Alvarado, then he is the real deal. If he comes in there and does barely what the other guys have done, then there’s still work that needs to be done,” stated Diaz. “It’ll tell me where he’s really at and how good he really is and what needs to be done before he gets there.”


Gutierrez is still just 22 years old.


“He’s highly ranked but I want to see where he is, as far as level,” said Diaz. According to Rian “King Hipster” Scalia, one of the most astute observers in the sport, Gutierrez is a fan-friendly, action fighter. Diaz says he expects “excitement. I think we’re going to see it. Rene Alvarado is never in a dull fight. He’s not going to run. Roger’s not going to run, so it’s going going to be a fun fight at the end of the day.


“More importantly, it will gauge where this Roger Gutierrez is.”





It was formally announced on Wednesday that WBO super featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his belt against Miguel Marriaga on August 5 at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live, as the featured performer on ESPN. Tickets went on sale Thursday (and here’s the information from a press release):


“Priced at $130, $105, $80, $55 and $30, tickets may be purchased at microsofttheater.com, AXS.com, by phone at 888-929-7849 or at the STAPLES Center Box Office.”


However, it’s not clear just how much longer Lomachenko will be a 130-pounder.





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Doors open at the Belasco Theater at 5 p.m. PT, with first bell at 5:30 and the Estrella TV telecast starts at 7 p.m. Beto Duran and I will be on the call for RingTV.com…Also on this card is Edgar Valerio, Joshua Franco and undefeated Panamanian Jaime Arboleda, 10-0 (8), who Scalia also likes…Brian Viloria has officially been added to the “SuperFly” card on September 9, at the StubHub Center…RIP to 2 Live Crew’s Fresh Kid Ice. All Hurricanes/Starter jackets should be at half-mast over the weekend. (I know mine will be.)…I highly recommend “The Defiant’ Ones” on HBO about Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre…Sooo, Kevin Durant didn’t find Peyton Manning very funny, huh?…Finally found a case of Zima at Ralph’s. Life is good…I can be reached at k9kim@yahoo.com and I tweet (a lot) at twitter.com/steveucnlive. I also share photos of stuff at instagram.com/steveucnlive and can also be found at tsu.co/steveucnlive.





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