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Omar Cande Trinidad risks his unbeaten record against Roberto Meza on July 22

Unbeaten featherweight prospect Omar Trinidad. Photo by Lina Baker / 360 Promotions
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Unbeaten featherweight prospect Omar Cande Trinidad will square off against Roberto Meza on July 22, promoter Tom Loeffler confirmed to The Ring over the weekend.

The eight-round bout will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California and will precede the main event bout between junior middleweight contender Serhii Bohachuk and Patrick Allotey.

Both fights will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

“This (Trinidad-Meza) is the co-feature for the Chumash card,” Leoffler told The Ring. “Overall, it’s going to be a great show.”

Trinidad (12-0-1, 9 knockouts), who resides in Los Angeles, California, defeated Southern California rival Adan Ochoa by unanimous decision in his last bout on April 14. The win over Ochoa took place about two and a half months after Trinidad knocked out Jose Luis Ramirez of Oxnard in the second round.

The 27-year-old fought four times in 2022.

Meza (15-3-1, 8 KOs) will be the third consecutive prizefighter from Southern California that Trinidad will face. In his last bout on September 23, Meza, who resides in Temecula, lost a close unanimous decision to former prospect Isaac Avelar.

The 26-year-old was unbeaten in his previous four bouts leading up to the Avelar fight. Meza’s other defeat as a pro came at the hands of current unbeaten lightweight Giovanni Cabrera.

Also on the 360 Boxing Promotions card, Umar Dzambekov will face Kwame Ritter in a battle of unbeaten light heavyweight prospects.

Dzambekov (5-0, 4 KOs), who was born in Grozny, Russia and now resides in Los Angeles, knocked out gatekeeper Crispulo Andino of Argentina in the third round. The July 22 card will be the fourth fight of 2023 for the Austria native.

Ritter (10-0 1 NC, 8 KOs) defeated Fernando Galvan by split-decision in his last bout on December 10. The Galvan victory was the first time Ritter, who resides in Columbia, Maryland, defeated a fighter with a winning record.

In lightweight action, hard-hitting prospect Cain Sandoval (9-0, 9 KOs) of Sacramento will square off against Phoenix’s Jose Marrufo (14-11-2, 2 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

Amateur standout Daniel Barrera (2-0-1, 2 KOs) of Riverside will face Eduardo Alvarez (0-2-1) of Long Beach in a four-round junior bantamweight bout.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]