By John J. Raspanti
In a fitting tribute to Don “War-A-Week” Chargin, who died last week, Paco Presents Boxing and Don Chargin Productions present six exciting fights this Saturday night at the Cache Creek Resort and Casino in Brooks, CA.
In the main event, explosive lightweight Joel Diaz Jr. meets determined veteran Miguel Angel Huerta. Diaz (23-1, 19 KOs) of Glendale, CA, carries maximum power in both fists. After a successful amateur career, Diaz turned pro at 18, and quickly made a name for himself, dispatching one opponent after another.
Diaz was on the cusp of a title shot when he ran into Regis Prograis last year, suffering his first loss.
“It (the loss) was unacceptable,” Diaz said during an interview on The Ringside Boxing Show. “I have to come back. There’s no way I could let my son down. I want to be a good example.”
Diaz returned to the ring with more motivation, determined to improve.
“I know what I’m capable of,” said Diaz. “I’m expecting Huerta to go all out.”
Huerta, (28-15-1, 14 KOs) from Mexico City, Mexico, has been in the ring with some of the best fighters in the division. He’s experienced and convinced he can upset Diaz.
“If Team Diaz thinks this is going to be an easy fight for Diaz, they are making a big mistake,” said co-promoter Paco Damian. "Huerta always is coming to fight, we gave him plenty of time to train.”
Huerta’s resume’ includes duels against contenders Mike Alvarado, Mauricio Herrera, and Lydell Rhodes.
“I’m going to train hard for this fight,” said Huerta. “Diaz better be ready. If I lose I’m going to retire. I don’t have in mind retiring yet.”
The co-main event will be for the Global Boxing Organization World Super Middleweight title featuring exciting crowd favorite Ryan “Rhino” Bourland (15-2, 5 KOs) who fights out of Vallejo, CA, in a rematch with gutsy Jose Hernandez (19-4, 12 KOs) of Lancaster, CA. Their first fight six months ago was an exciting give-and-take affair, with both fighters landing serious leather.
Bourland insisted on a rematch.
“I wanted the fight,” Bourland said. “I was surprised by the loss. I thought I won.”
Bourland doesn’t know what a boring fight is. He’s prepared well and is ready to take it to Hernandez.
“I’ve never been more motivated,” said Bourland. “The fans can expect a great fight. They will get their money’s worth.”
Hernandez is determined to prove his victory over Bourland last time wasn’t a fluke.
“I know he’s going to try like heck,” said Hernandez. “We’re preparing for war.”
Also fighting Oct.6 is rising cruiserweight Blake McKernan of Sacramento against Alfredo Contreras from Los Mochis, Mexico, along with talented featherweight prospect, Ivan Vergara of Vacaville, CA.
McKernan is undefeated in nine fights, scoring six knockouts. He’s intense and likes to rumble.
“Failure is not an option,” said McKernan. “I’m going to overwhelm my opponent with speed, power, and beast-mode mentality.”
Vergara, 21, who faces Gerardo Molina of Chihuahua, Mexico, has been impressive in all five of his victories with no defeats.
“I’m constantly working on perfecting my craft,” said Vegara. “I’ll be going out October sixth and giving my all.”
Rounding out the card is exciting welterweight Rudy Macedo, and, up-and-comer middleweight Jesus Chavez of Vacaville, CA. Macedo, originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, takes on Yasmani Pedrosa of Cuba. Macedo has starched six of seven opponents.
“I hope to excite everyone,” said Macedo. "I want to be fast and explosive in the fight. I like to move, use my legs as my defense, and throw lots of fast combinations.” Chavez, a middleweight, from nearby Vacaville, meets Advert Leyva of Beverly Hills.
The event will also feature a tribute to Chargin, one of the most respected and honored men in boxing, along with the traditional 10 count.
Cache Creek Casino Resort is located at 14455 State Hwy 16 in Brooks, CA