Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, is sufficiently imbued with the holiday spirit. He's no Scrooge, but Quiroga can't give Southern California boxing fans what they want right now. "We are completely sold out for Friday night's boxing show in the Showcase Theatre at Sycuan," Quiroga said at today's pre-card news conference.
"The Theatre is a jewel of a place where every seat is truly a ringside seat,” Quiroga said. “Fight fans love the coziness of it, but that is a problem for this year-ending fight card. We only had 490 seats to sell and they are all gone.
"I think this sends a message,” Quiroga said. “We are calling the show 'Jorge Paez Jr. Unwrapped' and it is clear the young prospect and son of Jorge "Maromero" Paez has stimulated our area's fans already," Quiroga said. "It is clear, too, unfortunately, that there are thousands of fans who are disappointed this tine. Of course, we'll make it up to them down the line, but they can still see Paez Jr. on Friday’s card on Telefutura."
The 18-year-old Paez Jr. of Mexicali, Mexico, son of former International Boxing Federation featherweight champion Jorge Paez Sr., has a record of 5-0 with all wins by knockout and coming in the first or second round.
Paez Jr. weighed 125 pounds for his pro debut Feb. 4 of this year and was down to 121 pounds for his second bout March 18. However, in his most recent outing, on a Sycuan Ringside Promotions card in Laredo, Texas, Aug. 12, Paez Jr. was a 138-pound super lightweight.
“We’re delighted to be working with and in behalf of such an outstanding young talent like Jorge Paez Jr.,” said Quiroga. “Not only is Jorge Jr. immensely talented, but he’s exciting and colorful as well,” said Quiroga. “Considering his age and his exceptional skill level, we believe he has one of the brightest futures in the sport of boxing. There’s no limit to what he can achieve in the ring and the popularity he can generate.”
Paez Jr. faces Juan Martinez Ramirez of Houston with a record of 4-6-1 and no knockouts in his four- or six-round bout.
Paez Sr. fought professionally from 1984 through 2003, had a record of 79-14-5 with 51 knockouts and was the IBF 126-pound from 1988 through 1990.
This is the third card Sycuan Ringside Promotions has presented in the San Diego area this year and the first at the Sycuan Resort & Casino in almost 12 months.
In between, Sycuan Ringside Promotions has been spreading its wings nationally, presenting cards in Texas, Illinois and New York.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions is considered to be the fastest-growing and most dynamic promotional entity in the sport. Sycuan Ringside Promotions made its promotional debut during 2004, but already has or had three world champions and has promoted and presented world title bouts on premium cable networks.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions has many notable boxers in its stable, including World Boxing Council and IBF 122-pound champion Israel Vazquez, former IBF lightweight champ Julio Diaz and former World Boxing Organization junior featherweight king and the WBO’s No. 1 featherweight contender Joan Guzman.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions is led by Quiroga; Willie Tucker Sr., executive vice president; Scott Woodworth, vice president of boxing operations; and Michael Marley, vice president of public relations.