Professional boxing returns to the Fairfield Sports Arena on June 24 with six exciting matchups. The headliners are super welterweight tough guy Clint Coronel, and hometown hero Alan Sanchez who faceoff in a scheduled eight rounder.
Coronel (4-2, 1 KO) has been boxing professionally since 2009. He last fought two months ago, and the result left a sour taste in his mouth. Coronel took on undefeated Mikael Zewski at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and lost a split decision over six rounds. The scoring of the three judges left many at ringside baffled. One judge had Zewski winning every round while the other had the Canadian winning five of six. The third judge saw something completely different. He had Coronel the winner of every round.
The result left Coronel shaking his head, “I know I won that fight” he replied.
Colonel has recently been working with ranking contender Eloy Perez, and middleweight prospect Alex Puga. He knows something of Sanchez’s style, so sparring with the speedy Perez has been very beneficial.
“Alan’s tall and moves a lot”, he remarked. “He likes to use his reach.”
The twenty-year old Sanchez (7-2, 2 KOs) has quite the fan following in Fairfield. His professional career started solidly with victories in his first four bouts. Sanchez then lost two of his next three, both by majority decision. He returned home to Fairfield and looked impressive in winning decisions over Christian Favela and formerly undefeated John Ryan Grimaldo. Sanchez has witnessed a few of Coronel’s fights.
“I’ve see him when he fought in Fairfield”, he replied.” He is slower than me and I think I need to be careful with his head. But, he’s going to come on strong.”
Sanchez trains seven days a week. Lately he’s been pushing his body even harder. The two earlier losses did nothing to deter him from his goals. He feels he can knock Coronel out.
“I am becoming a better fighter because I have been fighting really strong guys, and that makes me work harder and train harder so I can be the best,” added the dedicated Sanchez.
19 year-old super prospect Manuel “Tino” Avila (4-0, 2 KOs) faces Salvador Cifuentes (1-1, 0 KO) in a four round featherweight affair. Avila returns to the ring wars for the fifth time since turning professional last November.
“I love to fight and stay busy”, he stated. “I wish I could get a fight every month but they sometimes have problems finding opponents for me.”
Avila tends to dazzle his opponents with his hand and foot speed. Coming home to fight in Fairfield is always very special.
“This is my third fight in Fairfield and yeah I love it there. It’s in front of my friends and family and the town I grew up in my whole life. It feels great and makes me want to look my best”.
Another hot prospect is undefeated Guy Robb (4-0, 1 KO) who faces debuting Tyshawn Sherman. The 22-year-old Robb returns to his favorite venue after dispatching Noe Lopez Jr. at the Events Center in Reno.
“It is always the best to be a part of the Fairfield shows, because Fairfield has some great fighters,” says Robb. “The Fairfield Sports Center gets packed with energy and it is always a pleasure to be a part of it.”
Hard luck lightweight Omar Sanchez (0-2, 0 KO) is set to take on Jhonnathan Zamudio. Sanchez’s two losses came at the expense of the above-mentioned Robb, and the equally talented Maximilliano Becerra. Zamudio will be making his professional debut.
Super welterweight Michael Ortega (1-0, O KO) tangles with Antioch’s Mike Alexander (1-4, 0 KOs) in another four rounder. Ortega will be back in action for the first time since August of 2008.
Another fighter making his pro debut is bantamweight Michael Islas. His opponent will be Jonathan Chicas (1-0, 1 KO) who impressively began his career by icing Maja Khali in just over a minute a few months ago in San Francisco. Chicas packs some power in his right hand.
An evening of boxing in Fairfield is a Jorge Marron, Don Chargin, and Paco Presents promotion. Doors will open at 6pm with the first bout at 7. For ticket information please call 530-669-7946, 707-384-8420 or 707-425-1045.