Feliciano vs. Gamez: Prospects Clash in the Coachella Valley

Feliciano vs. Gamez
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On Thursday, August 22, 2019, Golden Boy Promotions stablemates Luis Feliciano and Genaro Gamez will meet in the 10-round Super Lightweight main event of the latest edition of Golden Boy/DAZN Thursday Night Fights at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California.

This exciting clash between undefeated prospects and the undercard will be streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 pm, ET/7:00 pm, PT.

It will also be available on regional sports networks around the country.

In the co- main event of the evening, unbeaten Welterweight Blair Cobbs takes on undefeated Steve Villalobos in a 10-round bout in defense of his NABF strap.

In separate phone interviews, both fighters took the time to discuss their bout.

This contest is an interesting one pitting two highly-skilled action fighters meeting early on in their respective careers.

The winner will move further up the ladder in the pro ranks, becoming a contender, while the other will go back to the drawing board and rebuild.

Luis Feliciano is a 26-year-old boxer, fighting out of California now, but originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and of Puerto Rican descent.

Feliciano has been embraced well in Puerto Rico, regularly bouncing back and forth, fighting there and in the states.

Feliciano was a standout national amateur champion who represented the United States in the 2015 Pan American games and was ranked No. 1 in the country at 141 pounds.

The matchup promises stylistic fireworks as the patiently aggressive style of the boxer puncher Feliciano collides with the non-stop combination punching and explosive pressure of Gamez.

Each man discussed what they expect from one another.

“This is the kind of fight that can catapult me to the next level,” said Feliciano. “To be fighting on all these platforms it’s gonna be huge. That’s why we are definitely motivated to make a statement. We are two prospects putting it all on the line. It’s kind of a sink or swim kind of fight, for both of us.”

The venue hosting this bout, Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, is a familiar one to both fighters and will make the perfect backdrop for what could be another chapter in the storied pugilistic rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico.

“Puerto Rico and Mexico,  it is a rivalry like a war that’s how everyone sees it , but I see it like this, it’s just another fight, he’s Puerto Rican I’m Mexican but we aren’t in a war, just demonstrating what champs we are and whoever is the best champion will win that night,” said Gamez. “If I win, I want Puerto Rico to know who Genaro Gamez Chavez is and if I lose, I want everyone to know who Luis Feliciano is.”

Gamez is a native of San Diego California with strong familial ties to  Mexico. He has maintained an undefeated record of 9-0, 6 KOs, by combining his aggression and explosiveness with his extensive amateur pedigree to create a unique style.  Gamez was a gold medal winner at the 2014 USA Boxing National Championship and was the No. 1 fighter in the US at 132 pounds.

Since turning professional with De La Hoya‘s Golden Boy Promotions, Gamez has faced solid opposition but feels ready to take the next step in his career with so many eyes watching him across platforms.

“This is the fight I’ve been waiting for three years as a professional,” said Gamez. “I’m excited and ready to be a contender because that’s what I am. I am super happy I feel excited because now the world can see who Genaro Gamez Chavez is.”

Gamez is prepared for whatever this fight brings stylistically and is ready for any and all contenders within his weight class, with his eyes set firmly on a certain world title.

“I’m gonna go in there to shine, I’m gonna tell you that if the knockout comes it comes. If not, I’m gonna go for that W at least,” said Gamez. “My dream is to be a world champion I want the green belt, that’s the one I want, to be the best boxer in my weight class. I will fight anyone my promoter wants me to fight.”

Although the young fighter has faced his share of battles with the scale–having had issues making weight–he insists that is in the past and that the Junior Welterweight suits him with camp and preparation having gone smoothly.

“Camp has been great a lot of concentration and a lot of hard work,” said Gamez. “We are learning new things and we are having great sparring I can tell you that, I was born for this. I believe it and I know it.”

This is anyone’s bout and both fighters stand poised to try and make a splash among contenders in the Super Lightweight division.

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