Super Bantamweight contender Diego De La Hoya (17-0, 9 KOs) takes on Erik Ruiz (16-6-1, 6 KOs) in the main event on GBP on ESPN live from Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona.
The telecast begins at 10:00, EST/7:00, PST. The undefeated De La Hoya is coming off a decisive unanimous-decision victory over Roberto Pucheta (10-10-1, 6 KOs) in March on the David Lemieux vs. Curtis Stevens undercard.
Holding the De La Hoya name is no shortcoming for the young prospect who Golden Boy is surely bringing along at the right pace for the 22 year old. Ruiz, fighting out of Oxnard, CA, is trying to find ground on a rocky last four fights going 1-2-1. The 26 year old has everything to lose in this main event and that could cause for a dramatic headliner on Thursday night in Tucson.
The co-feature belongs to undefeated Super Middleweight D’Mitruis Ballard (16-0, 12 KOs) against late substitute Adrian Luna (20-4-1, 13 KOs). Ballard’s original opponent was Ulises Sierra, but he had to withdraw from the bout due to an injury from training. Ballard is a prospect to keep an eye on the Super Middleweight division. The Temple Hills, Maryland, native has tremendous power and is considered one of Golden Boy’s top prospects.
Opening up the telecast is Lightweight Robert Manzanarez (34-1, 28 KOs) vs. Erick Daniel Martinez (13-6-1, 7 KOs). Manzanarez, at just the ripe age of 22, has compiled a impressive professional record. He’s looking to go from prospect to contender in this bout. This fight is scheduled for eight rounds.
ESPN3.com will start their stream at 8:30 E.T./5:30 P.T. where you can see Golden Boy prospects–Junior Bantamweight Joshua Franco (9-0, 5 KOs) and Junior Welterweight Jonathan Navarro (9-0, 6 KOs).