Ornelas headlines Fight Night Club card Thursday
Super middleweight contender Enrique Ornelas headlines the Fight Nigh Club card against Julius Fogle on Thursday at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles.
Ornelas (29-6, 19 knockouts) is coming of a one-sided decision loss to Bernard Hopkins in December, for which he moved up in weight. He moves back down to his natural 168 pounds to face Fogle in a scheduled eight-rounder.
Ornelas, a longtime resident of Los Angeles who was born in Mexico, has lost most of his biggest fights – but barley. He lost a majority decision to Sam Soliman and split decisions to both Bronco McKart and Marco Antonio Rubio, although he stopped McKart in a rematch.
However, he has established a reputation for being an entertaining, all-action fighter.
“I pride myself on that, I really do,” Ornelas said.
Fogle (15-3, 10 KOs) was an accomplished amateur figher, having won the U.S. middleweight title in 2002. The resident of Tacoma, Wash., won his first 15 fights but is 0-3 (with one no-contest) in his last four fights.
Fogle, 38, works as a recruiter for the Army when he’s not boxing.
“I don’t know if he lost direction or what,” Ornelas said. “I can’t use that as an excuse, though. I have to be ready to go out there and do my job.”
Also on the card, cruiserweight prospect Deon Elam (10-1, 5 KOs) of Van Nuys faces ÔÇª in a scheduled six-rounder. Andre Hemphill (8-14-2, 5 KOs) of Philadelphia.
The card will be streamed live on RingTV.com beginning at 7 p.m PT and televised on Fox Sports Net or one of its affiliates.
Tickets, ranging from $19.75 to $250 (on stage), are available by calling TicketMaster at 1-800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Staples Center box office.