‘New Blood’ in Ontario to feature redemption match


Once again, tonight, Thompson Boxing Promotions opens up shop at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. The main event features a pair of fighters looking to rebound from recent losses.


“It’s ‘New Blood’ and it’s a redemption fight between two guys who just lost their last outing, didn’t fare too well,” said Alex Camponovo, the General Manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing, which has been in operation since 2001. “We have former WBC bantamweight (title) challenger Carlos Carlson, from Tijuana, who just fought (Shinsuke) Yamanaka back in February, in Tokyo, Japan, against Isaac Zarate, who also just fought for the vacant NABF featherweight title on our May show and lost a really close split decision to Erick Ituarte.”


Carlson, 22-2 (13), was halted in seven by the Japanese champion.


“It’s going to be an eight-round main event at featherweight,” Camponovo continued. “It should be very exciting. The styles are very interesting. Carlos is an action guy. Hopefully he’s worked a little bit more on his defense. Isaac is a lefty but one of those guys that comes to fight, put on a good show. Both of them need to get a win and move on from there.”


This six-fight card will start locally at 8 p.m. PT and will be streamed on Facebook Live and on ThompsonBoxing.com with Beto Duran and some guy named Steve Kim on the call.





Antonio Margarito returns to the ring on September 2 and he faces tough veteran Carson Jones, as they try and give this comeback some legitimacy.


– It was announced by Showtime that a bantamweight bout between Rau’shee Warren and McJoe Arroyo will take place on the Mikey Garcia-Adrien Broner undercard next week at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.


Speaking of that card, ticket prices have been…ahem…“adjusted” as, quite frankly, they aren’t selling very well.


– The August 4 edition of “ShoBox” from the MGM Grand Detroit, that features Claressa “Good Job, Unc” Shields- Nikki Adler, has added Bakhtiyar Eyubov-Sonny Fredrickson and Vladimir TIkhonov-Jesse Angel Hernandez to the broadcast.


– The “World Boxing Super Series” has announced its first date/venue as super middleweights Callum Smith and Erik Skoglund will do battle at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. As of now, an American television component has not been secured.





Two of Thompson Boxing’s best young prospects are Michael Dutchover and Ruben Villa (who are both co-promoted with Banner Promotions).


When asked about their returns, Camponovo stated, “Dutchover suffered a cut in his last fight back in June. So we’re thinking about bringing him back in early September and Ruben is going to do the same. I wanted (Villa) to fight in August but he’s taking a little bit of time off with his family for the summer. So they will both probably be on the same card in September on a show that we have at the Doubletree.”


Back on July 1, Villa, 7-0 (4) – who hails from Salinas, California – fought at the Omega Products International in Sacramento, where Thompson Boxing could be hosting another card soon.


“First of all, we had a great crowd there. We were almost at capacity,” said Camponovo. “The place was set up for 1,400 people. We were a little short of that with 1,300-and-change but we were almost sold-out. Our goal is to be back there. We did very well with the crowd.”


Since that card, Camponovo says he has fielded calls from fighters, trainers and managers in that region looking to be involved in the next show in Sacramento.


“So our hope is that we can be back there late September and, if not, we’ll revisit it for early next summer.”


– Recently Giovanni Santillan captured the WBO NABO welterweight title by blasting out Sammy Valentin in two rounds, which now puts him in position to “be in position.”


“The latest is he’s going to get rated in the Top 10 of the WBO, which is excellent news for him and for us – which we were trying to do for awhile,” stated Camponovo, whose company is no stranger to developing world champions from its club program. “He looked great in the welterweight division. It’s a deep division.”


WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel is well aware of Santillan having visited him during a training session before the former left for Brisbane, Australia, where Jeff Horn upset Manny Pacquiao for the WBO 147-pound title. “He said, point blank, that the winner of that fight (with Valentin) had a chance to fight Horn in the near future. Obviously we have to see what happens with the Pacquiao-Horn rematch, if it ever takes place,” explained Camponovo.


“But I think Giovanni is lined up for something interesting, whether it’s an eliminator or a fight directly with a champion but we’ll see.”





Here’s this week’s edition of “The Next Round” with Gabe Montoya and Yours Truly (a full two-hour edition).





Mario Lopez and I discuss last weekends bouts and we discuss R. Kelly, OJ Simpson (he’s FREEEEEEEEEEEEE!) and HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”





Let’s Get it On Promotions has announced the latest “Rural Rumble” from Fallon, Nevada on August 12, which will feature a main event between Oscar Vasquez and Gabriel Flores…Next Saturday night from The Queen Mary’s outdoor venue in Long Beach, “Rumble on the Water” takes place, which features featherweight prospect Tramaine Williams on a card that will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Yes, I’ll be on the call for this, alongside Sean Wheelock…So please, no Mikey Garcia-Adrien Broner spoilers that night…Hugh Freeze and Ol’ Miss should be a future “30 for 30,” right?…The Dodgers are scary good right now. Yeah, it’s terrible…OJ’s out, huh?…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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