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Joseph Diaz Jr. and Frankie Gomez to share Estrella TV spotlight on Oct. 23

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Joseph Diaz Jr. (R) lands a bodyshot on Giovani Delgado on May 9 in Houston. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images-Golden Boy Promotions

Joseph Diaz Jr. (R) lands a bodyshot on Giovanni Delgado on May 9 in Houston. Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images-Golden Boy Promotions

 

Two of Golden Boy Promotions’ top young fighters will square off in separate bouts on Oct. 23.

Unbeaten featherweight Joseph Diaz Jr. will fight Ruben Tamayo at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

The bout will top a ‘Boxeo Estelar’ telecast that will air on Estrella TV, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT.



Opening the broadcast will be a 10-round welterweight bout between unbeaten Frankie Gomez and Jorge Silva.

Diaz (17-0, 10 KOs) has developed into a solid prospect since making his pro debut. The 2012 United States Olympian scored an impressive decision win on July 11 over fringe contender Rene Alvarado.

The 22-year-old Diaz has gained more of a following around Southern California and will likely have a partisan crowd travel to Indio from his hometown of South El Monte to cheer him on.

Tamayo (25-6-4, 17 KOs) has lost his last two consecutive bouts. In his last fight on June 27, Tamayo lost a one-sided decision to unbeaten Oscar Valdez. On Dec. 20, he was stopped in the fifth round by Jesus Cuellar.

Frankie Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) has not fought since July 25 of last year when he won a landslide, 10-round decision over Vernon Paris.

Gomez, who is now trained by Freddie Roach and has had legal troubles in recent years, was scheduled to fight Humberto Soto on May 9 in support of the Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez-James Kirkland fight in Houston.

To the chagrin of many, Gomez weighed six-and-a-half pounds above the contracted weight of 141 pounds. The fight was scratched from the card and the HBO broadcast.

Silva (21-9-2, 17 KOs) stopped Juan Carlos Moreno in the fifth round on July 9, snapping a six-bout losing streak.

RingTVLive.com will stream preliminary action, beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT. Topping the non-televised undercard will be junior welterweight KeAndre Gibson fighting Freddy Lopez in an eight-round bout.

 

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco 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

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