Promotional pacts in hand, Seniesa Estrada and Jousce Gonzalez are ready for ‘L.A. Fight Club’
On Friday night, Golden Boy Promotions’ “L.A. Fight Club” series will host its first show of 2018, at the Belasco Theater, in Los Angeles. Featured on the card will be two local Mexican-American fighters making their promotional debut with the company but this isn’t their first rodeo on this stage.
In the main event, undefeated female flyweight prospect Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada will take on Sonia Osorio in an eight-rounder and, in a phone conversation with UCNLive.com, the 25-year-old admitted to some nervousness heading into her first official fight under the Golden Boy banner. However it’s an emotion laced with excitement. Last January, Estrada was presented with a promotional contract live on the “Tattoo & the Crew” radio show and pent-up tears of joy were finally released, once receiving the news.
“I kind of knew because it was in the works of talking about a contract but I didn’t know it would be right then and there, already done and complete, so it was pretty surprising,” said Estrada. “To have my dad and trainer there and, of course Tattoo, who I’ve known a long time since I was a little girl, he presented it on me. It was very emotional.”
Estrada, 11-0 (2), is the third female fighter to be signed by Golden Boy, since signing its first ever, in December 2016. Considering she attended the same high school as the “Golden Boy” himself, company founder Oscar De La Hoya (Garfield in East LA), it’s always seemed like a destined fit. In June 2016, Estrada opened an L.A. Fight Club show on Estrella TV but. in her win over Cristina Fuentes, she was knocked down for her first time. Months later, Golden Boy signed their first female fighter in Marlen Esparza, who happens to be a rival of Estrada’s. The life of a female fighter isn’t a convenient one, by any means, whether suffering the scarcity of opponents or even the deficiency of interest, compared to the guys. However having the financial backing will certainly help her cause. That, of course, won’t mean much without having skills in the ring and Estrada has proven already she belongs there without even counting the plaudits she’s gotten from all-time great Roy Jones Jr.
Last December, Estrada schooled Anahi Torres to an easy win, in which she didn’t lose a single round and, although it didn’t seem such a shock that night, just a few weeks ago, the victory looked much more impressive. On the undercard of “SuperFly 2” at the Forum, Torres convincingly beat Australia’s Louisa Hawton, who was previously unbeaten and had the proverbial A-side label.
“I wasn’t too surprised because (Torres) was a really tough fighter and throws so many punches and if you stay right in front of her, she’s going to hit you,” Estrada said about that fight. “If you don’t have the footwork or defense, she will keep throwing and keep hitting you. Thankfully my skills made my fight against her very easy for me.”
In comparison to what Hawton had to go through, easy would be an understatement but it was one of the few times when Estrada could be given praise after the fact, not to mention gain somewhat a boost of confidence. “Yeah, it does, of course. To hear people say you beat that girl so easy, it’s good to hear.”
As for her opponent on Friday night, Estrada, per usual, has done her homework on Osorio, 10-5-1 (1), but hopes to be more impressive, considering the stage, perhaps exceeding the expectations of those who put her there.
“She’s only been stopped once, so she’s pretty durable but I know I’ll definitely get the victory,” Estrada said about Osorio. “I’m planning on doing it in a very aggressive way. I know a lot of people are used to seeing my defense and footwork, which, of course, you will see on Friday and always from me, but, at the same time, I’m going in there more aggressive than usual.”
Opening the Estrella TV telecast, undefeated junior lightweight prospect Jousce “Tito” Gonzalez has been in the exact same slot before, on the L.A. Fight Club, series, but, after signing with Golden Boy Promotions last month, the 22-year-old also has the added motivation of proving his worth.
“A lot of people thought I was already signed by them but I wasn’t. (Golden Boy matchmaker) Robert Diaz got me the fights and I was trying to show my worth, in a way. I finally got signed, thank God, and I’m blessed. I’m happy,” Gonzalez said at a media workout on Wednesday afternoon. “Next goal is to keep fighting and performing well. I don’t want to just look good but look great in each fight, to get better and better. Hopefully in the next upcoming fights, I can get a regional title and then a world title after that. I want to be a world champion in multiple divisions. I’ve got the height for it and all that. The dream is to be a world champion in multiple divisions, 130 first, then 135, 140, 147, 154 and 160, if I can get up there ’cause I know I’ve got the height and the build for it. You gotta set the bar high. You have to have something to work for.”
Gonzalez, 6-0 (6), has never been past the first round in his young career but things haven’t always been drawn up to be that way.
“I want these rounds more than anything,” Gonzalez said about his next fight. “My last two opponents were actually supposed to get me rounds. My fifth fight, the guy I fought (Daniel Bastien) went six rounds with one of Golden Boy prospects (Hector Tanajara Jr.), and the last guy I fought (Ricardo Fernandez) went all six rounds with a heavier Golden Boy prospect (Jonathan Navarro), so I was expecting rounds but I took them both out in one. I expect rounds but, then again, in this sport, you never know what can happen. If you can see you can take them out early, you gotta take them out early. You can’t give anyone a chance.”
Jose Martinez, 10-12 (6), will be Gonzalez’s opponent and, by his account, the 34-year-old Mexican might be equipped to give him the rounds he’s looking for.
“He’s fought a couple of Golden Boy prospects and went the distance with them,” Gonzalez said about Martinez. “I’m expecting a tough fighter. He comes to fight all the time, so we’ll see what he brings but I’m ready for anything.”