A recent world titleholder, a bout featuring unbeaten heavyweight prospects, and two crossroad bouts will take place next Wednesday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.
Not bad for a debut card by a self-made entertainment entrepreneur.
Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, a former WBO 160-pound beltholder, will fight hard-hitting Fulgencio Zuniga in a 10-round super middleweight headliner for the debut card of King Sports Worldwide, which was started by Michael King.
N’Jikam (29-1, 18 knockouts) has won his last two bouts in a row since suffering the only defeat of his career, a 12 round unanimous decision to Peter Quillin in October of 2012. N’Jikam was dropped five times during the bout, losing the WBO belt in the process.
The Cameroonian-born N’Jikam, who resides in suburban Paris, France, won two interim title belts at 160 pounds with decision wins over Giovanni Lorenzo and Max Bursak.
The Colombian-born Zuniga (26-8-1, 23 KOs) snapped a three-bout losing streak by knocking out Oney Valdez in the third round on Feb. 13. He has lost recently to Lucian Bute, Thomas Oosthuizen, James DeGale, and Alejandro Berrio.
Unbeaten heavyweights Alexander Flores and Charles Martin square off in a 10-round bout. They will vie for a regional title belt.
Both have been untested early on in their careers, which makes this match-up of young Southern California heavyweights intriguing.
Flores (14-0, 12 KOs) knocked out Aaron Lyons in the eighth round of his last bout on Dec. 5 in Costa Mesa, Calif. Martin (15-0-1, 13 KOs) knocked out Tyyab Beale in the second round of his last bout on March 1.
Welterweights Chris Van Heerden and Ray Nahr will square off in a 10-round crossroads bouts.
In his last bout on Feb. 6, the South African-born Van Heerden (20-1-1, 11 KOs) stopped Cosme Rivera after the fourth round. Van Heerden has now won his last six bouts in a row.
Nahr (26-4, 21 KOs) has lost three of his last four bouts. Those losses were at the hands of Mike Alvarado, Ray Robinson, and most recently, Jessie Vargas.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Yuniel Dorticos will face his toughest opponent to date, when he fights Eric Fields in a 10-round bout.
The Cuban-born Dorticos (16-0, 16 KOs) stopped Hamilton Ventura in the first round on February 28th in San Diego, Calif. Dorticos dropped Ventura three times in the first round, giving Ventura his first loss as a pro.
Fields (24-2, 16 KOs) has won his last two bouts since being knocked out in the fifth round by Ilunga Makabu on Aug. 31 in Kempton Park, South Africa.
For tickets and information, call (800) 745-3000. Doors open at 6:45 p.m., with first bell scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing