Who’s who of local boxing – in alphabetical order

Back on August 5, 2016, 5’3″ tall, 18-year-old, super flyweight Danny Andujo from San Diego, Calif. made his Pro Debut against 32-year-old Israel Cortes Hernandez on a Ringside Ticket/Greg Cohen Promotions show at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The excitement came early after Andujo went hard to the body and then delivered the perfect roundhouse right to Hernandez’ chin to secure the knockout victory.
Four wins and three losses later, a split decision loss to Pedro Rodriguez in 2018, a mixed decision loss to Sergio Lopez in 2017 and a unanimous decision loss to Saul Sanchez (12-0, 7 KOs), appear to be the bouts that ended up breaking the camel’s back.
Felipe Leon, the long-time boxing scribe of Fight News, then popular Boxing Commentator, and then podcast Host of Leave It In the Ring Network, has now made his way to live TV.

While on a recent visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, the above photo was taken of Felipe Leon with the popular cartoon character Barney Gumble (Homer Simpson’s best friend since high school). Of course, back in high school, Barney was sober and Homer had hair. Nowadays, Barney is usually drunk and belching in that popular TV series The Simpsons. Barney’s father, Arnie Gumble, died in a 1979 parade float accident along with Sheldon Skinner, Etch Westgrin, Iggy Wiggum, and Griff McDonald, all of whom served in Abe Simpson’s WWII squad, the Flying Hellfish. In keeping with his often jocular persona, Leon added the following caption to the above photo: “Dios nos hace, y nosotros solos nos encontramos.” Translation: “God makes us, and we alone find ourselves.” If he wasn’t so wrapped up in Boxing, Leon may well have been a philosopher or a comedy writer.

(bottom photos, l to r) former Rock Star Felipe Leon, visit with
WBA RANKED #1 Light Flyweight Sandra “Perla Negra” Robles of Tijuana and finally, the unmistakable button open, zipper down look of the 39-year-old WBC World Female Bantamweight Champ Mariana “Barbie” Juarez who cozied up to Leon in Mexico City.
Pro boxer, elitist Dilan “El Rey” Miranda (4-2, with 3 KOs)

The 23-year-old, 5’7″ tall, super bantamweight boxer Dilan “El Rey” Miranda is from San Diego, Calif. by way of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico. Miranda is currently training to make his return to the ring August 24, 2019, at the Viejas Casino and Resort, Alpine, Calif., where on January 31, 2019, he suffered a mixed decision loss to Daniel Constantino (3-3-2, 1 KO). This time around, Miranda will be facing the 32-year-old, 5’4″ tall, orthodox boxer Ming Freeman (1-4-1, 1 KO) from Northridge, Calif. The combined record of Freeman’s former opponents, 8 wins against 24 losses.

Ex-Pro Boxer, Global Sports Streaming boxing color commentator/now marketing guru, Kevin Ottley turns the page.

Baltimore-born super welterweight Kevin “KO” Ottley, who as an Amateur fought in the Washington D. C. Beltway area, made his way to San Diego in 2015, then turned Professional in 2016 under the watchful eye of trainer Berlin Kerney IV at the newly opened Bomber’s Squad Academy in El Cajon, California. After a total of nine professional fights in Southern California, Tijuana, B. C., Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada, Ottley announced his retirement from the ring. After his last professional fight on September 7, 2018, his record now stands at 6 wins, 2 losses, 1 draw, with 5 victories by way of knockout.

Ottley’s last hurrah: “BOXING FOR ME WAS TOO SELF SERVING. EVERYTHING WAS ABOUT ME. I WASN’T TAUGHT THAT MENTALITY BEFORE AND SO OVER TIME IT CHANGED ME AND PUSHED ME AGAINST MY CORE VALUES. IT TOOK TIME FOR GOD TO REVEAL THAT TO ME AND WHY HE REMOVED ME FROM THE SPORT. BUT I’m GRATEFUL HE DID. AN ISOLATED LIFE ISN’T A LIFE TRULY LIVED. I LOVE BOXING AND HOW IT HAS HELPED ME AS A MAN AND I BELIEVE GOD HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY THROUGH KO SPORTSWEAR TO ALWAYS BE CONNECTED TO THE SPORT THROUGH THE LENS OF SERVICE, WHICH FITS ME COMPLETELY.” Kevin “KO” Ottley

All the hard work is beginning to pay off for San Diego’s Mario “Matador” Ramos who at the young age of 19 now has 9 victories, 7 knockouts after only two years as a professional.
Now that Mario Ramos (r) has nine solid victories, he is no longer just another opponent, he has become a force to be reckoned with.
Next, we have boxer Dewayne “Mr. Stop Running” Beamon (16-1-1, 11 KOs) from San Diego, Calif. by way of Goldsboro, North Carolina and his loyal friend and confidant, coach Joe Vargas from The Arena Gym in Point Loma, San Diego, Calif. at a local training facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, preparing for the biggest fight of Beamon’s career, the WBC World Super Flyweight Title fight versus one of the best ever, Juan Francisco Estrada (39-3, 26 KOs).
Also, on this fight card, they’re featuring another great Mexican heavyweight 26-year-old, 6’3″ tall Mario “Chabelo” Heredia (16-6-1, 13 KOs) who has also trained long hours at The Arena in San Diego. Perhaps to his detriment, Heredia will be battling 27-year-old tough guy Filip Hrgovic (8-0, 6 KOs), the WBC International Heavyweight Title Holder who is 3″ taller and hails from Zagreb, Croatia. They say nobody wants to fight this guy who has knocked out all but two of his opponents.
Odds makers in England are calling this matchup “a tic over”, ruthless, a lamb led to the slaughter.” How so? Mario Heredia certainly has the experience and packs quite a wallop. His only downfall has been his weight. If he shows up on fight night in good to excellent shape, Mr. Hrgovic will be trading blows with another Mexican of outstanding character and tremendous heart.
The big question? Which Mario Heredia will show up on Saturday, August 24, 2019, in Hermosillo, Mexico? …the great boxer who is in the best shape of his life or that other guy?
We’re giving a thumbs down to the person responsible for designing the right side of this Matchroom Boxing fight poster.

The two August 24th championship fights will be contested at the multiple-use Centro de Usos Multiples, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

These are the gentlemen responsible for getting everything ready for fight night. The thumbs-up sign is certainly a reassuring signal that they have everything under complete control.
Talking about complete control: The list of promoters involved in this undertaking? It makes one weak in the knees: Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, Promociones Zanfer with Fernando Beltran, and Sauerland Events with Wilfried Sauerland. Since all three gentlemen are well-schooled in dividing up the profits, here’s hoping some of this money will trickle down to the fighters.
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