Dan Goossen honored with memorial boxing event
A memorial event featuring unbeaten junior welterweight Lydell Rhodes, Wale Omotoso and undefeated super middleweight Shawn Estrada in separate bouts will take place on Nov. 20 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, Calif., in honor of the late promoter Dan Goossen.
Considered to be a man who “knew how to live life,” according to promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions, Goossen, the president of Goossen Promotions, died last month from complications from liver cancer. He was 64.
Goossen promoted a number of boxing events at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in the late 1990s, returning to the venue in the summer of 2012 for sold-out events.
The Nov. 20 card is the first being put on by the company since Goossen’s passing.
“My Dad was the ultimate San Fernando Valley guy,” said Craig Goossen, Dan’s son, whose company will promote “Live at The Lodge.” “The continuation of this series is the perfect way to honor his devotion to the sport and passion for the Valley.”
A 27-year-old Las Vegas resident, Rhodes (22-0, 11 knockouts) will be after his third straight knockout against an opponent to be determined. Coming off a fourth-round knockout of John Nater in August, Rhodes will be fighting for the fourth time in 2014.
In another bout, Omotoso (24-1, 20 KOs), 29, will also face an opponent to be named following an eighth-round knockout of Eduardo Flores in August. Prior to facing Flores, Omotoso lost by unanimous decision to Jessie Vargas in March 2013.
Also in action against an opponent to be named will be Estrada (15-0, 13 KOs), 29, who has not fought since stopping Felix Piedra in the second round in August 2012.
Middleweight Wilky Camfort (18-1, 10 KOs), who turns 30 on Oct. 24, is returning to action since scoring a third-round knockout over Milton Nunez in August. Campfort will also face an opponent to be named in his fourth fight of the year.
“Dan loved promoting high quality shows in his hometown,” said matchmaker Tom Brown, Goossen’s brother-in-law. “He’s been a staple in the Southern California boxing community going all the way back to the Reseda Country Club, where he first made his mark, up to major championship bouts at Staples Center.”