Fri 10/7 – Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, California Lightweight 10 rounds – Art Hovhannisyan +400 Diego Magdaleno -600 Note: This Friday sees Golden Boy Promotions back at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles with their L.A. Fight Club series that airs on Estrella TV. The six fight card is headlined by the return of Diego Magdaleno (28-2) as he faces Art Hovhannisyan (17-2-3). Magdaleno has been off for a year, and his last time out he suffered a brutal KO against Britain’s Terry Flanagan in a failed attempt to win the WBO world lightweight title in England. The only other loss of his career came back n April of 2014 at the hands of Roman Martinez with a WBO world super featherweight title on the line, so he is 0-2 in world title fights. At 29 you have to believe he is back for one more run at a world title. Hovhannisyan returned in May of this year after a layoff of 22 months and he fought Fidel Maldonado Jr to a draw. Now34 years old, HovHannisyan is feeling the pressure of time a bit more than Magdaleno at 34 years old. Magdaleno has 12 KOs in his career and Hovhannisyan just 9, so look for an over/under to pop up later with an eye towards the “over.” Sat 10/8 – Estadio Francisco Leon Garcia – Sonora, Mexico Super Flyweight 10 rounds – Raymond Tabugon +1850 Juan Francisco Estrada -4700 Note: It is noteworthy how hot the super flyweight weight class is in boxing that two of the major fights available at the books come in one of the smallest weight classes. In this one, Estrada (33-2) is the big nameand the big favorite here. He is best known for his hard fought November of 2012 showdown with Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. Tabugon is a veteran (18-5-1) from the Philippines who is 1-1 thus far this year and is 1-2 overall in his last three fights. This is a showcase fight designed to keep Estrada active and ready, but it is not a big risk as Estrada tries to remain available for the desired rematch. Sat 10/8 – Convention Towers Exhibition Center – Hong Kong, China Super Flyweight 10 rounds – Ryuto Maekawa +850 Rex Tso -1750 Note: Bob Arum and Top Rank are co-promoting this event in China that sees undefeated super flyweight Rex Tso (19-0) facing Ryuto Maekawa (11-0-1). There are a pair of regional titles on the line in this one as the vacant WBO International and the WBC Asian title are both in play. The fight is a big step up for Japan’s Maekawa, who comes in at 20 years old after turning pro at 16 years old in Thailand. The southpaw Tso also turned pro in 2011, but he was in his mid twenties when he did it. Despite the contrasts, both men are looking for a win to keep their upward trajectory in the rankings. Big fights await. Sat 10/8 – Krylia Sovetov – Moscow, Russia Super Lightweight 12 rounds – Javier Jose Clavero +1050 Aik Shakhnazaryan -2150 Note: The vacant WBC International title at 140 pounds is in play as Shakhnazaryan (18-2) takes on the challenge of Javier Jose Clavero (19-1). The fight is interesting because both men qualify as prospects at just 23 years old. Shakhnazaryan’s two losses came in the first half of 2015 as he lost in his US debut against Abner Lopez and he followed that with a loss to Eduard Troyanovsky, who since went on to win a world title. Clavero is making his first trip outside of his native Argentina. He won the South American title at lightweight againstsomeexperienced fighters from the rugged Argentinian scene. He turned pro in October of 2013, so he has fought his 20 fights in a short period of time and his only career loss came back in his third fight.


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