Thompson Boxing Promotions back on the grind
Last weekend both Ken Thompson and Alex Camponovo were in Frisco, Texas, as their man Danny Roman was defending his WBA junior featherweight title, as part of a Showtime tripleheader. Now Thompson Boxing Promotions gets back to its normal grind, as it stages its latest edition of “New Blood,” tonight, from the familiar haunts of the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.
On cards like this, Roman and Tim Bradley before him were developed into world champions.
“It’s exciting because we have a lot of young, talented kids,” said Camponovo, who has signed an exciting roster of prospects, that include Ruben Villa, Michael Dutchover, Saul Sanchez and Ruben Torres. “It’s exciting to see them keep growing. So we have back-to-back shows, and it’s hard to work when you’re on the road, but that’s what it is. It’s part of what we do.”
Villa will be showcased next weekend in Sacramento, and Thompson Boxing has begun the process of building him into a hometown attraction, in Salinas, and have plans for Dutchover to fight near his home region in Texas.
These are heady times for Thompson Boxing, which was established 18 years ago. Now with Roman, they will be in the thick of many significant fights, in what is an exciting and deep division. Roman was no stranger to the Doubletree Hotel ballroom and now he’ll be a staple on televised cards for the near future.
“It is very satisfying when you see your fighter and he’s getting attention from a huge network like Showtime and he’s going to his photo shoot. He’s part of the press conference; he’s getting the accolades and he goes and fights and he looks pretty damn good in front of the cameras,” said Camponovo, of Roman, who put on a solid all-around effort in decisioning the game Mosies Flores, over 12 rounds.
The Danny Roman empire is now building.
“So it’s tremendously satisfying to see that everything that we had put forth come to fruition and now he’s got his second title defense and we can move on and look for bigger and better things for him,” stated Camponovo, who made it clear, “We have a game plan, so obviously the champions (with whom) we would like to unify are busy. They have something on their own calendar. We’ve already had conversations with (Isaac) Dogboe’s people – he actually challenged Danny on Twitter; I believe – that’s something that we’ll look at for the later part of the year.”
Dogboe, who captured the WBO belt by stopping Jessie Magdaleno, on April 28, in Philadelphia, is scheduled to return to the ring on an August 25 card on ESPN. So in the meantime, “Most likely Danny will take an optional defense in September,” explained Camponovo.
But the hardnosed Ghanaian may not be the only game in town for Roman.
Camponovo makes it clear, “We have options with Danny. If it’s on the schedule, we can fit that fight on an ESPN show but I don’t know what their fall and winter schedule for ESPN is. But we started conversations with the IBF champion (Ryosuke Iwasa from Japan); we started conversations with the organization, so that’s also a very strong possibility. We’d love to have Danny back in the United States on a major network, once again, but if the dates don’t fit, then we’ll look elsewhere.”
Meanwhile Thompson Boxing will stage its regular rotation of shows in hopes of nurturing its next world-class fighter. The show tonight features Isaac Zarate – a stablemate of Roman’s – and Manuel Mendez. “Thats part of our line-up; we have seven matches for the night, so it should be a lot of fun,” said Camponovo.
He then half-jokingly added, with a laugh, “We’ll start at 8 (p.m. PT) and end at midnight.”
On this week’s edition of “The 3 Knockdown Rule,” with Mario Lopez and me, you’ll hear from the head of Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza, who talks about the possibility of an Errol Spence Jr.-Terence Crawford showdown, and Alex Saucedo, who fights next week on ESPN.
Beto Duran and I will be ringside calling the action, from the Doubletree Hotel, tonight beginning at 8 p.m. PT, at ThompsonBoxing.com and the Thompson Boxing Facebook page…So ESPN+ will provide coverage of the Martin Murray-Roberto Garcia fight and then Miguel Berchelt’s defense of his WBC 130-pound title – but nobody is streaming the Josh Taylor-Viktor Postol hook-up? That’s a buzzkill…Smithsonian Channel had a two-part documentary on prohibition. Geez, what a terrible time…Free Kawhi Leonard!…I can be reached at email@example.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.