Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated teenage sensation Jorge Paez Jr. makes his six-round debut when he faces Armand Horn in a lightweight bout July 1 on a “ShoBox” card televised by SHOWTIME from Manistee, Michigna. The 18-year-old Paez, who has a record of 9-0 with seven knockouts, is coming off two four-round, unanimous decision wins. On May 6 in Las Vegas he beat Lowell Brownfield and on June 10 in Atlantic City, N.J., he bested Travis Hartman.
“I have plenty of time to develop; I’m only 18,” said Paez Jr., the son of former International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organization featherweight champion Jorge Paez. “I know ultimately I will be a world champion. I hope I can be as great a champion as my father was.”
“Jorge Junior is a very special talent,” said Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions.
“I can’t think of any young prospect who has ever gained this much premium television exposure at this stage of his career as what Jorge is in the midst of this spring and summer,” said Scott Woodworth, vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions.
Paez Jr., who had an amateur record of 80-1, is managed by Andy Ruiz.
“We’re excited to be appearing on SHOWTIME,” said Ruiz. “It’s a great opportunity to show that what many in boxing have been saying is true, that Jorge is the finest young prospect in the sport.”
The 27-year-old Horn, from St. Agnes, Mich., has a record of 13-1 with 11 knockouts.
The card July 1 at the Little River Casino Resort also features three other sons of former world champions: Ronald Hearns, son of Thomas Hearns; Stephan Pryor, son of Aaron Pryor; and James McGirt Jr., son of James “Buddy” McGirt.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions of San Diego 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 four world champions and has promoted and presented world title bouts across the country on premium cable networks.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions has many notable boxers in its stable in addition to Paez Jr., including welterweight world champion Carlos Baldomir, World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez, IBF lightweight interim champion Julio Diaz, World Boxing Association super bantamweight interim champion Celestino Caballero, undefeated former WBO junior featherweight champion Joan Guzman and former WBO bantamweight champion Mauricio Martinez.
Sycuan Ringside Promotions is led by Quiroga; Willie Tucker, executive vice president; and Woodworth.