DEL MAR–The stage is set at Bing Crosby Hall on the Del Mar Fairgrounds for “San Diego Fights” presented by California Hall of Fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his company Bobby D Presents.
The five-fight bout card is slated on May 24 at 7:30 p.m. The main event features San Diego’s own Aaron “Gavilan” Garcia (10-3-2, 2 KOs) who will battle Cesar “Mayu” Garcia (8-13-1, 4 KOs) of Ensenada in a six round super featherweight showdown. As an added bonus, fight fans will receive one free San Diego County Fair admission ticket with every boxing ticket purchased, a $14 value.
Garcia has not been in the ring since a controversial split decision loss to Bernabe Concepcion for the vacant WBC Continental Americas featherweight title in late 2011. Many fans and ringside media saw Garcia take the narrow decision. Instead, the Manny Pacquiao-backed Concepcion took the win with two judges giving it to Concepcion by two points each while the third judge scored it for Garcia by four. The former amateur standout is known for his two wars against Jesus “Pollo” Hernandez – both of which ended in bloody draws – and by handing the second loss to recent title challenger Alejandro “Alex” Lopez of Tijuana. After a brief hiatus, Aaron will look to start his latest run on the right foot with a win over the tough as nails “Mayu” Garcia in a battle of the surnames.
The co-main event features southpaw lightweight Leon “Third Generation” Spinks III (4-0-1, 3KOs), originally of St. Louis, will be pitted against the tough as nails Alejandro Ochoa, a veteran of five fights. Spinks III, grandson of former heavyweight champ Leon Spinks,nephew of former world champion Michael Spinks, and cousin of former world champion Cory Spinks is a recent addition to the Bobby D Presents stable. He has since fought twice in Tijuana, scoring two impressive early-round knockouts. Ochoa, from Bell Gardens, will certainly put up a fight in an attempt to ruin Spinks III San Diego debut in the scheduled four round contest.
“I know I have huge shoes to fill but I believe it is my destiny to be a world champion and with the help of my promoter Bobby DePhilippis, I know I will be,” stated Spinks.
Another fighter showcasing his skills for the first time locally will be Anecito “Dondon” Gesta, Jr. (2-1) originally from Cebu, Philippines, but now fighting out of San Diego. The southpaw Gesta, Jr., a nursing student back in his home country, is the younger brother of world-ranked and former title challenger Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta. A veteran of multiple combat sports such as Muay Thai and MMA, “Dondon” is now concentrating on boxing and has chosen “America’s Finest City” as his home base because of the way the city embraced his older brother upon his arrival some years ago. Gesta, Jr. has a lot to prove when he faces Los Angeles first-timer Kenny McClain in a scheduled four round bout.
The card is supported by local flyweight and fan favorite Jonathan Quiroz (4-1, 1KO). Never in a bad fight, Quiroz battled back from an early knockdown to stop the heavy handed Javier Barragan in three rounds last month in a fight that still has fans buzzing. Now Quiroz is ready to set Bing Crosby Hall on fire when he faces Jesus Sandoval (0-1) of Riverside. Quiroz had this to say to his ever growing fan base, “I come to fight. No jabs, no round to feel out my rival, and no need for the rest of the ring. You pay to see a fight and I will always give you your money’s worth.”
A bonus bout will be announced by fight night to complete the undercard.
The Bing Crosby Hall is located inside the Del Mar Fairgrounds at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar
For information or tickets, visit SanDiegoFights.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first punch thrown at 7:30 p.m.