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Munguia and Garcia Tabbed for Mexican Independence Weekend Fights in L.A.



By Lauren Rodriguez


LOS ANGELES-Oscar De La Hoya the “Golden Boy” himself introduced the promotional company’s upcoming fight night happening Sept. 14th. The event will take place during Mexican Independence Day weekend, which will include some of the best rising fighters. The celebratory night will take place at Dignity Health Sports Center, in Carson, CA. and will be live streamed on DAZN.


In the main event, Tijuana, Mexico native, Jaime Munguia (33-0, 26 KO’s) will go head to head against Ghanaian warrior, Patrick Allotey (40-3-0,30 KO’s). Munguia will be defending his WBO super welterweight world title in the 12-round fight.


“We know that Allotey has a lot of knockouts. We have to be very careful about that. But, I’ll be looking to give a great show and I’ll look for the knockout on September 14,” said Munguia.


He also stated this could be his final fight at the 154-pound super welterweight weight limit.


Former multi-division, world title champion Erik Morales is currently training rising star Munguia whose last two fights have shown him struggling defensively.


“Two and a half months of work and his steps have been really big… we’re not doing anything extra, he’s explosive and strong and were guiding him to show what he can do,” said Morales.


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In the co-main event, Los Angeles native Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (18-0, 15 KO’s) will face Philadelphia native, Avery “A-plus” Sparrow (10-1, 3 KO’s) in a 10-round lightweight bout.


The undefeated fighter, Garcia, who hails from Victorville, CA, is currently training under renowned trainer, Eddy Reynoso. Among trainees, Reynoso, also trains world famous boxer, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.


The Mexican world champion middleweight, Alvarez, who has been notorious for headlining fight cards during the Mexican holiday weekend, will not be fighting during this year’s holiday weekend, making way for rising contenders.


Sparrow, a Pennsylvania bred fighter was accompanied on stage by his manager, Grammy winning R&B star, Usher. The famed artist declined to answer any questions from Uppercut magazine about his management position to the prospecting boxer.


Garcia has shown the ability to draw thousands of fans to whatever venue he performs on the West Coast. His last prize fight took place at Fantasy Springs in Indio where he eradicated Jose Lopez in two rounds. Before that he fought in Madison Square Garden in New York City where he eliminated East Coast fighter Braulio Rodriguez.

“I picked him out of three opponents because he can fight,” said Garcia.


Tickets for the event are on sale now at Goldenboypromotions.com