By John J. Raspanti
Professional boxing returns to Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, CA, in a dynamic way Feb.10 as rising local welterweight Alan Sanchez takes on tough southpaw Ramses Agaton in the main event.
Sanchez (19-3-1, 10 KOs), who will be defending his Continental America’s welterweight title, is a boxer-puncher who likes to mix it up. His last appearance in the ring was an impressive one. A pro for eight years, the 26-year-old from Vacaville pummeled former title challenger Miguel Angel Huerta from the opening bell, winning by a stoppage in round five.
Impressive as his victory was, Sanchez is determined to keep improving.
“I always feel like I can do better,” said Sanchez on the phone to this writer last week.
Prior to defeating Huerta, Sanchez upset ranking welterweight contender Pablo Cano in Las Vegas, NV. Cano, who’s been in the ring with former champions Shane Mosley, and Paulie Malignaggi, expected to use a victory over Sanchez to position himself for a shot at a world title. Instead, Sanchez used his natural athleticism to outclass Cano over 10 exciting rounds, winning the match by majority decision.
“It’s always hard to get fights for Alan,” said Paco Damien of Paco Presents Boxing who is promoting with legendary matchmaker Don “War-a-week” Chargin. Damien prides himself in following Chargin’s example of staging exciting and competitive fights.
“Nobody wants to fight him,” added Damien.
Agaton will be ready for the challenge. The 27-year-old from Mexico City, Mexico, is coming off a victory over Oscar Leonardo Ventura.
In the co-main event, exciting light heavyweight Ryan “Rhino” Bourland puts his Global Boxing Organization title on the line against Jose Hernandez (18-3-1, 9 KOs) of Lancaster, CA. Hernandez has won his last six fights in succession.
Bourland (14-1, 5 KOs) has never met a fight he didn’t like. His last bout was one of the most exciting light heavyweight brawls ever seen at the Woodland Community Center in Vacaville. Bourland and Cesar Ruiz fought tooth and nail, exchanging heavy punches with abandon, and leaving the fight fans in attendance horse. Bourland had to dig down deep to get the victory.
“I know my will is stronger in the deep waters,” Bourland said. “I will not drown.”
“Rhino Bourland is a throwback of the old blood and guts fighters,” said Chargin. “Lots of action! Lots of thrills!
Also fighting Feb.10 is super flyweight contender Bruno Escalante of San Francisco and undefeated cruiserweight slugger Blake Mckernan. Escalante sports an excellent record of 15 wins in 18 fights. The 5’2” dynamo is determined to work his way up the world rankings. The undefeated McKernan has starched five of his first six opponents.
Exciting super bantamweight Ivan Vergara, who knocked out Jose Mora in two brutal rounds six months ago, will return to the ring at Cache Creek for the second time in his young career.
“I plan on putting on a great show for everyone in attendance to remember,” said the 20-year-old from Vacaville.
Rounding out the card is debuting super featherweight Arnold “Hawaiian Pitbull” Dinong of Hawaii. Dinong is known for mixing it up as soon as the bell rings.
Tickets, start at $65 and are now available at CacheCreek.com, Tickets.com, and Pacopresentsboxing.com, or by calling Tickets.com at 1-800-225-2277.
Cache Creek Casino Resort is located at 14455 State Hwy 16 in Brooks, CA.