Another round of action-filled boxing is on the slate at the Chumash Casino Resort.

Friday night, Gary Shaw Productions is hosting another card, titled Central Coast Championship Night, and a number of local and international, both veterans and newcomers, are set to lace up the gloves in Santa Ynez.

In a fight many of the locals will focus on, Santa Maria’s own Maggie Suarez, who is 4-0-1 in her professional career, is scheduled to fight Elizabeth Cervantes (3-10-0, 1 KO). This will be the second time Suarez takes on Cervantes. Suarez won a six-round unanimous decision back in April.

Santa Barbara’s Francisco Santana (15-3-1, 8 KOs), who also has quite the local following, will take on Javier Gomez (14-11-0, 10 KOs) of Mexico. That bout is  a scheduled six-round super welterweight contest. 

Another Santa Maria boxer, John Makani Sarellano, will fight Jose Hermocillo. Sarellano lost his previous fight at the Chumash when he suffered a cut to the head and it began to bleed profusely in the first round of a bout against Avery Gibson, also in April. That was Sarellano’s professional debut.

Roman Morales (15-0, 8 KOs), an undefeated super bantamweight who’s won a number of fights at the Samala Showroom, is scheduled to fight Shawn Nichol (7-13, 5 KOs).

In the main event, undefeated lightweight prospect Alejandro Luna (13-0, 9 KOs), is slated to go up against Sergio Rivera (14-11, 10 KOs). The eight-round lightweight bout will be for the Central Coast Championship.

“I'm excited to be fighting at the Chumash Casino again,” Luna said in a press release from Gary Shaw. “This time, there will be a regional title on the line. I can't wait to go out there and give the fans a great night of boxing. I want to thank Gary Shaw for keeping me busy and giving me an opportunity to fight for the “Central Coast Championship".

Russia’s Rustum Nugaev (23-6-1, 13 KOs) will battle Nigerian Daniel Attah (28-14-1, 11 KOs) in the co-main event. The eight-round bout will take place in the lightweight division. Nugaev is coming off an impressive performance where he upset previously unbeaten Peruvian standout, Jonathan Maicelo (19-1, 11 KOs) by way of an eighth round knockout, a match that took place at the Chumash Casino.

“I was very pleased with my performance last time I fought at the Chumash Casino,” Nugaev said in the release. “Gary Shaw is a man of his word and he's brought me back, so I'm very grateful to him for that. I love the fans at the Chumash and I'll be gunning for a knockout on fight night.”

Los Angeles natives Arnold Barboza, Jr. and Gustavo Lopez will face each other in their pro debuts.

New York's Donte Strayhorn (1-0) will challenge Kevin Watts in a four-round Junior Welterweight contest. This will be Watts’ debut.

Luis Olivares (3-0, 2 KOs), of Glendale, and Juan Zuniga (2-8-1, 1 KO), of Los Angeles, will battle each other in a four-round Junior Welterweight bout. 

“I want to thank everyone at the Chumash Casino for their continued support in hosting great boxing events for the fans in that area,” Shaw said, according to a press release. “This Friday will be another great show with exciting fights. Everyone attending will be happy with the fights we've put together.”

Tickets are still available and range from $35, $45, $55, $65, and $75 and can be purchased at the Chumash Casino box office or online at Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first fight starts at 6.  


Leah Thompson/Staff

Santa Maria’s Maggie Suarez gets a hit on Elizabeth Cervantes during a flyweight bout at the at the Chumash Casino last April. Suarez was named winner by unanimous decision.

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