September 9, 2016 – Victory Boxing Promotions continues to keep its young talent busy, with three of its fighters in action this weekend in Mexicali, and in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Super lightweight Carlos “Tiburon” Sanchez (9-0) looks to remain unbeaten when he faces Mario Garcia in Mexicali Saturday night. It will be the young prospect’s tenth fight in 2016 since his professional debut in January. In his last bout, Sanchez scored a four-round, unanimous decision over Oregon’s Sean Gee in Montebello on August 26th. “This is my first professional fight in my home country of Mexico,” said Sanchez of tomorrow’s fight. “I have a lot of friends and family coming in to support me, and am grateful to Victory Boxing and Cameron Dunkin for having confidence in me, and allowing me to fight here in Mexico. This is big for me.”
Making his Victory Boxing Promotions debut alongside Sanchez in Mexicali will be undefeated welterweight Jorge Brito (3-0, 2KO). Brito faces Cristobal Pineda in a four round bout at 147 pounds in his first fight since signing with Cameron Dunkin and Victory Boxing Promotions in August. “I’m excited and happy to be here. I’m really pleased to work under Cameron and Victory Boxing and I’m going to make them and my fans proud. I’m excited to be part of the team, and to be fighting here next to Carlos.”
Albuquerque’s favorite flyweight, Matthew “Diamond Boy” Griego (6-0, 6KO) takes his talents on the road tomorrow, when he faces Arizona’s Rafael Rivera in Hobbs, New Mexico. Griego, who has drawn comparisons to Albuquerque legend Johnny Tapia, is coming off a spectacular second round knockout win over veteran Marco Alcaraz in July. He is dedicating this fight to victims of childhood abuse, and wearing a shirt with the names of childhood abuse victims on the back of it to raise awareness of the prevalence of child abuse in New Mexico. The 20 year old boxer was touched by the story of local abuse victim Victoria Marten. “Victoria’s story affected me and I wanted to help,” said Griego. “Albuquerque is ranked #1 in the nation in child abuse cases, and 62% are in the hands of drug users. After this fight, Team Griego is planning a fundraiser for a local organization that helps abuse victims. I want to make a difference.”
Victory Boxing Promoter Chris Middendorf sees a busy last quarter for the up-and-coming promotional company. “We are trying to keep our fighters as busy as possible, while we search for and sign top talent across the country,” said Middendorf. “The last quarter of 2016 will see both our East and West coast fighters busy, and several in televised fights.”
Tickets for Sanchez and Brito’s fight may be purchased at the door at Gym-Mexicali. Fights begin at 8p.m. local time tomorrow evening. Tickets for Matthew Griego’s fight may be purchased at the door at the Lea County Convention Center. Doors open at 6pm, and first bell is at 7pm.
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