As if the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” featuring heavyweight Cristobal Arreola versus Joey Abell wasn’t enough excitement for the boxing fans at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, Goossen Tutor Promotions went ahead and added a talent-laden undercard.
Michael “the Silent Assassin” Dallas, Jr. (17-0-1, 7 KOs) will be facing Josesito Lopez (28-3-0, 16 KOs) of Riverside, Ca. in a battle for the NABF Junior Welterweight Championship. Fireworks are expected in this match. Dallas has knocked out five of his last six opponents, opponents who didn’t get past the second round. Lopez retired three of his last six opponents before the end of the third round. However, in their combined 49 fights, both boxers have never failed to finish.
East LA’s undefeated Shawn “Manos De Oro” Estrada (10-0, 9 KOs) will be featured in a scheduled six-round bout against his toughest opponent to date John “The Iron Man” Schmidt (10-1, 6 KOs), of Minneapolis, MN, in a super middleweight matchup. Estrada, who is 6’2” tall, was raised in East Los Angeles. He’s is the son of a former Mexican national team boxer Juan Estrada and the youngest of 16 siblings. He’s continued his steady progress from outstanding amateur and Olympic Team member to a potential world contender. In his last fight he won an unanimous decision over Tony Hirsch (12-4-1, 6 KOs), a 26 year-old former golden gloves champ and ex-arena and NFL football player. In Schmidt’s last bout he fought the soft, Ryan Soft (2-2-1), a mismanaged boxer who keeps fighting people who are bigger than he is.
In an eight-round non-title fight, Covina’s NABO Lightweight Champion John Molina, Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs), rated #2 WBO and #10 WBA, will see his first ring action since the stunning eleventh-round TKO of top world contender Hank Lundy to capture the crown in a nationally televised thriller back in July.
Rounding out the undercard in separate four-round bouts will be a pair of fighters from the region who have knocked out all of their opponents. In a battle of bantamweights, Matt Villanueva (4-0, 4 KOs), of Van Nuys, will give up a few years in experience when he squares off against Santa Ana’s Jose Luis Cardenas (5-11-1, 3 KOs). The combined record of the people Villanueva faced was (7-11-3). Kevin “Hostile” Hoskins (3-0, 3 KOs), from Moreno Valley, CA. will do likewise when he’s tested by veteran Ramon Flores (3-9-2, 2 KOs), from Wilmington, CA. Hoskins first three bouts were against guys that hadn’t won a fight.