Austin Brooks vs. Anthony Chavez Headlines This Saturday
At Emerald Queen Casino In Tacoma
The boxing spotlight shifts back to the Great Northwest this
Saturday night as rising super featherweight star Austin
Brooks (10-0, 3 KOs) takes on dangerous Anthony Chavez
(11-3-1, 3 KOs) in the 10-round main event on a highly
competitive pro card, presented by Toro Promotions, Inc. and
Whitfield Haydon Boxing, at the famed Emerald Queen Casino
in Tacoma, Washington.
“This card sticks with our theme of compelling regional
fights along with club wars,” Haydon said. “More than a
couple guys have a chance to get a verdict from the great
jury that is the northwest boxing fan and see if they can
create a fan base for themselves going forward.”
Brooks, 27, is stepping up in class against Chavez, a 2015
USA National Championships bronze medalist as an amateur,
has yet to fight more than six rounds to date. Fighting out
of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Brooks, who has already fought
several times on the ESPN platform, is coming off a
six-round decision over veteran Diuhl Olguin this past March
in San Diego.
Chavez, an old-fashioned fighter out of San Bernardino,
California, is trained by well-known Southern Californian
Henry Ramirez, who guided Chris Arreola and Josesito Lopez,
among the more notables. Two fights ago, Chavez won a
six-round majority decision over Olguin.
The six-round, co-featured event pits Seattle featherweight
Gregory Cruz (5-2, 3 KOs) against Roberto Negrete (4-1-1, 2
KOs), of West Liberty, Iowa. Cruz is bouncing back from a
six-round majority loss to Luis Gallegos (4-0) last April,
while Negrete fought to a six-round split draw in his most
recent action this past June.
Chief undercard support will be provided by undefeated
Portland super lightweight prospect Lorenza Caldera (6-0, 3
KOs) and Filipino veteran boxer Jake “D’ Twins” Bornea
(14-5-1, 7 KOs), the former WBO Asia Pacific Youth Flyweight
Angel Rebollar (6-3, 3 KOs) is coming straight out of
Compton (CA) to face San Bernardino (CA) super lightweight
Esteban Munoz (7-3, 4 KOs) in a rare five-round bout.
Rebollar was a 2019 USA Western Regional Junior Open
Champion as an amateur.
Also fighting on the undercard, each in four-round matches,
is Auburn, Washington lightweight Joshua Cadena (1-0, 1 KO),
vs. Dan Hernandez (2-2, 1 KO), of Riverside, California;
undefeated Puerto Rican welterweight prospect Axl Melendez
Salgado (6-0, 4 KOs) vs. Tulsa’s Lyle McFarlane (2-1 1 KO),
and San Antonio (TX) super lightweight Richard Ray Howell
(4-3-2, 2 KOs) vs. Detroit’s Wesley Rivers (1-3).
Card subject to change.