Marlen Esparza headlines tonight’s LA Fight Club against Laetizia Campana
Seniesa Estrada was in the main event of last month’s ‘LA Fight Club’ card. Tonight, it will be Marlen Esparza’s turn.
For a promotional company that has some of the best fighters and prospects in boxing, Golden Boy is putting their efforts behind women’s boxing.
Esparza will face Laetizia Campana at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles. The eight-round flyweight bout will headline another installment of the popular series and will air live on Estrella TV (10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).
At Thursday’s weigh-in, Estrada weighed in at 112.6 pounds, while Campana tipped the scale at 110.6 pounds.
The 28-year-old Esparza (4-0) last fought on December 14, winning a one-sided six-round decision over Karla Valenzuela. Tonight will mark the first time the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist will fight in a scheduled eight-round bout.
Esparza will hope to duplicate the success Seniesa Estrada had on March 16. In that bout, Estrada (12-0, 2 knockouts) won a unanimous decision over Sonia Osorio.
Estrada, Esparza, and Maricela Cornejo all have promotional deals with Golden Boy. Esparza, who is from Houston, believes all three will be successful. Whether that includes a world title belt remains to be seen.
“Golden Boy Promotions is making history by having two back-to-back ‘LA Fight Club’ events headlined by a female fighter,” said Esparza. “After four fights in 2017, I’m ready to be in bigger and better fights. I will show fans on April 6 why I deserve a title shot very soon.”
Campana (2-4), who is originally from France and now resides Philadelphia, has won her last two bouts after losing her first four bouts. All of her pro fights have taken place in Thailand.
In the co-feature, junior lightweight prospect Hector Tanajara, Jr. will square off against Hector Ambriz in an eight-round bout.
Tanajara (12-0, 5 KOs), who resides in San Antonio, knocked out Eduardo Rivera in the opening round on February 22. The 21-year-old Tanajara is trained and managed by Robert Garcia.
Ambriz (12-5-1, 6 KOs), who resides in Ensenada, Mexico, lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Abraham Montoya on Jan. 13. The loss snapped an eight-bout winning streak.
RingTV.com and EstrellaTV.com will stream the entire card, beginning at 9:15 p.m. ET/ 6:15 p.m. PT.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV.com since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and FightNights.com. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing