Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, right, will headline the Aug. 19 main event at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy of Ukraine is trying to follow in the footsteps of other boxers from his country by winning a world title. He could be on his way, what with a record of 16-0 and 13 knockouts as a light heavyweight. He’s ranked as high as No. 5 in the world by one organization.
Shabranskyy goes by the moniker “Lion Heart.” His promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, believes it fits.
“… He is a fearless warrior whose inner strength matches his physical strength and skill,” said De La Hoya, chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Slava, as we call him, is a future star of the sport headed toward a world championship, and I’ve been pleased with his continued ascent as he rises to the challenge every time he steps in that ring.”
Shabranskyy on Aug. 19 will continue his journey when he takes on Oscar Riojas (10-5-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico in a stay-busy fight at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles (on Estrella TV).
Oscar De La Hoya/Associated Press file photo
Oscar Negrete (14-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles will take on Jose Bustos (11-6-3, 7 KOs) of Mexico in the bantamweight main event Friday night at Belasco Theater in Los Angeles (on Estrella TV).
But there will be something of bigger importance taking place as well when cops from L.A. will take on cops from New York City in a total of seven amateur bouts ahead of the three pro bouts on the card. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which is geared toward eliminating breast cancer.
“As many of you know, this is an issue that is very near and dear to my heart after losing my own mother to breast cancer in 1990,” De La Hoya said at Thursday’s news conference in Los Angeles. “I’m so proud of everyone involved for their support of this event that will help bring awareness and raise money for such an important cause.”
Sugar Ray Leonard/AP photo by Darron Cummings
All-time great Sugar Ray Leonard on July 15 will spend an hour with fans during a meet and greet at a Golden Boy Promotions card at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio that will feature Pablo Cesar Cano (29-5-1, 21 KOs) of Mexico taking on KeAndre Gibson (15-0-1, 7 KOs) of St. Louis in the welterweight main event.
Fans with tickets to the card will be able to mingle with Leonard from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Special Events Center.
Cano-Gibson will be televised live on Estrella TV beginning at 7.