Southwest Flavor For "Battle
Of Rio Grande" Ramirez vs. Lopez PPV Undercard
A strong undercard showcasing young, talented boxers from
Texas and Southern California will provide support for this
Friday night's "Battle of Rio Grande" card, airing live on
pay per view from Galveston Island Convention Center in
Former world super middleweight title-holder Gilberto "Zurdo"
Ramirez (40-0, 26 KOs) challenges North American Boxing
Federation (NABF) light heavyweight champion Alfonso "El
Tigre" Lopez (32-3, 25 KOs) in the 12-round main event.
Ramirez' Zurdo Promotions is co-promoting "Battle of Rio
Grande" with Lopez' company, El Tigre Promotions.
World-rated heavyweight and 2012 U.S. Olympian, Michael "The
Bounty" Hunter (18-1-1, 12 KOs) faces Shawn Laughery (10-3,
6 KOs) in the 10-round co-featured event., who has replaced
veteran Chauncy "Hillyard Hammer" Welliver.
"Battle of Rio Grande" will be available for live viewing on
digital, cable and satellite, starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m.
PT, on pay per view for a suggested retail price of only
$24.99. FITE will stream worldwide on the FITE mobile apps,
all major OTT apps and website (www.FITE.tv), and Integrated
Sports Media will distribute throughout North America via
DirecTV, iN Demand, and DISH in the United States, as well
as in Canada on Shaw and SaskTel.
In addition, preceding the live pay-per-view broadcast at 7
p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, fans may view a free LIVE PPV PRE-SHOW
featuring some undercard bouts. "Battle of Rio Grande"
Pre-Show will be available at FITE, DirecTV, DISH, Shaw and
select cable operators.
Los Angeles bantamweight John "Scrappy" Ramirez (no
relations to Gilberto), the first boxer signed by Ramirez'
emerging promotional company, Zurdo Promotions, will make
his professional debut in a 4-round bout against his Puerto
Rican opponent, Jose "El Chavito" Solis (0-2).
The 24-year-old Ramirez, who has no formal boxing
experience, played on an L.A. high school football team,
which was featured on ESPN because the area from which
student-athletes came from was riddled with drugs and gangs.
"Scrappy" may not have boxed as an amateur, but he is a
"I'm still young in the sport but I love it," 'Scrappy'
Ramirez spoke about making his pro boxing debut. "I'm just a
different breed when it comes to this. At the end of the
day, it's a fight and I'm here to take over not just take
part in. Where I'm from past records, accolades and titles
don't mean s*it. It's all about today and what lays ahead.
"Being around the Champ (Gilberto) and watching him
firsthand, I'm more motivated than ever and know what it
takes to succeed. The grind is different, and no one can
Unbeaten Pittsburg, CA featherweight Jose Maria Delgado
(6-0-3, 2 KOs) faces Armando Frausto (8-1, 5 KOs), of Alvin
(TX), in a 6-round match for the vacant American Boxing
Organization (ABO) title.
Also scheduled to fight on the "Battle of Rio Grande"
undercard in 4-round bouts are Houston middleweight Ivan
Vazquez (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. Charon Spain (2-14-2, 1 KO),
Houston lightweight Juan Velazquez (5-0, 3 KOs) vs. TBA,
Houston junior middleweight Breyon Gorham (6-0 (5 KOs) vs.
TBA, Houston junior middleweight Raynard "Alief Ali" Talib,
Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Adam "AD" Ealoms (4-18-3, 2 KOs).
Pro-debuting fighters in additional 4-round undercard fights
are Porter, TX junior middleweight Apostle Arias vs. Lucas
"God First" McDonald (0-5), Trinity, TX middleweight Charles
"Pretty Bad Boy" Baylor vs. Joel "The Assassin" Munoz (0-1),
and Delmonte "Sugar Bear" Randle vs. Jarvis Lee (0-2).
Card subject to change.