Thompson Boxing Promotions kicks off a busy 2018
This Friday night, from the familiar setting at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, Thompson Boxing Promotions hosts its first card of the year, in which Erick Ituarte defends the NABF junior featherweight title versus Jose Ramirez. Undefeated featherweight prospect Ruben Villa will also be on the bill, as will two of Thompson Boxing’s newest signees, bantamweight Saul Sanchez and lightweight Ruben Torres.
A few weeks ago, Thompson Boxing announced a full roster of fight cards for the year and soon more dates will be added.
“Definitely, we are looking into more shows,” said Alex Camponovo, the general manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing, since the company formed in 2001. “We want to go back to San Diego, like we did a few years ago. We’re actively looking into fights in Texas, in the Midland-area, to go back there. And we’re looking to do something else in Southern California, in addition to what we currently have and perhaps (Las) Vegas. So we should have a pretty busy 2018.”
The shows in Texas are designed to showcase Michael Dutchover (who Thompson Boxing co-promotes with Banner Promotions) much the way they are doing in Salinas, California, on April 14, to build a local following for Villa. Last summer, they staged a fight card in Sacramento.
For years, the home base for Thompson Boxing has been the Doubletree Hotel (home of the best damn nachos in the land) but it’s clear that it’s expanding its horizons in 2018.
Camponovo explains, “We had this conversation before; with the way television dates have been so scarce for our fighters, we have to be very active in seeking other opportunities and having the ability of having a world champion and realizing our system is turning good prospects and talents into world champions. We have plenty of talent on our roster we can obviously expose to the world. I think it’s important for us to take the next step.”
For years, Thompson Boxing has been a consistent developer of talent, having nurtured Tim Bradley, Mauricio Herrera and, most recently, WBA 122-pound titlist Danny Roman, among others throughout the years. Last year, the decision was made to stream its cards (available on their YouTube and Facebook pages) internationally.
“I can’t sit and wait for dates on television. We’ve got to move forward and that’s why we developed our streaming shows, which was pretty successful. We had hundreds of thousands of viewers on each one of the shows. Everyone seems to be liking it and I think we’re going to do even better on our second season this year,” said Camponovo.
With that, Thompson Boxing is now signing more young prospects in the early stages of their careers.
“My good friend Gary Shaw used to say, ‘You always have to put more bullets in the chamber.’ We’re fortunate that we’re in Southern California. We have a huge crop of fighters; a lot of them like the way we work. They like to stay busy and, with all the shows, we’re definitely going to need all those kids that are (not) just now (fighting in) the four and six-rounders but the ones that are also headlining different events,” said Camponovo.
Adrien Broner was recently arrested for alleged sexual assault at a mall in Atlanta; however Dan Rafael of ESPN reported that the guy he’s scheduled to face on April 21, Omar Figueroa Jr., was recently charged with a DUI.
The venue for this match-up is currently TBA but perhaps Rahway (which is no stranger to boxing) or San Quentin would be appropriate settings.
It turns out that Figueroa has been arrested for prior DUIs. As for Broner, well, as always, he wasn’t at a loss for words and summed things up perfectly and with the perspective we’ve all come to expect from him.
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Yes, Beto Duran and I are once again on the call for Thompson Boxing this year. As always, the broadcast will start around 8-ish p.m. PT. And if you’re there, seriously, get their nachos. It’s the best $6.50 you’ll ever spend…The rematch between Andre Dirrell and Jose Uzcategui will take place on March 3, as part of the Showtime broadcast from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center…The March 16 edition of the “L.A. Fight Club,” from the Belasco Theater, will be headlined by Seniesa Estrada, with Antonio Orozco also on the card…There’s a card at the Sportsman’s Lodge on Friday that is being hosted by Bash Boxing…Lavar Ball is gonna talk his son right off the Lakers…Sorry, but without Cole and Tommy, what’s the point of a “Martin” reboot?…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.