Rocha vs. Young is a 12-round NABO Welterweight Fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Hard Hitting Promotions. Th The fight night will take place on Saturday, May 27, live from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and will be live on DAZN worldwide.
In the lead up to his NABO Welterweight Title defense, Alexis “Lex” Rocha (22-1, 14 KOs) and his opponent Anthony “Juice” Young (24-2, 8 KOs) hosted a press conference at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino ahead of their scheduled 12-round fight on Saturday, May 27. Fighters from the DAZN undercard and the Golden Boy Fight Night: Rocha vs. Young Prelims, which are streamed live on YouTube, also participated.
In addition, the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation made a $30K donation to the Lee Espinoza Coachella Valley Boxing Club. The donation was accepted by club owner and legendary trainer Librado “Lee” Espinoza who has been recognized not only by Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. for his work with boxers in the valley but has been inducted into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame and the California Boxing Hall of Fame.
Doors to the Special Events Center will open at 4:00 p.m., the Golden Boy YouTube Channel stream begins at 4:00 p.m. PT/ 7:00 p.m. ET, and the DAZN broadcast begins at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET.
Here is what today’s participants had to say:
ALEXIS “LEX” ROCHA – NABO WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION:
”I am not much of a trash talker either. My respects to him. Whatever his thoughts are, that’s good for him. I am confident in my ability. I am confident in myself. You’ll find out about who I am on Saturday night. I hope he brings this same kind of energy into the ring on Saturday.”
ANTHONY “JUICE” YOUNG – WELTERWEIGHT FIGHTER:
”I looked at the odds again, and they’re kind of disrespectful – they got me 8-1 underdog. The last time they did that, we shocked the world. I plan to do that again. I didn’t come here to lose; I am not with the script. They built him up good: 22 wins, a couple of tough fights, one step-up fight didn’t go too well. I am going to win on Saturday.”
MELVIN “GRINGO” JERUSALEM, WBO MINIMUMWEIGHT CHAMPION:
”Good afternoon everyone. I am very grateful for this opportunity. I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions for this fight. I am excited to see my opponent today. We will see you all on Saturday night.”
OSCAR “EL PUPILO” COLLAZO, MINIMUMWEIGHT WORLD TITLE CONTENDER:
”Thank you everyone for coming. Thank you to Oscar, Golden Boy Promotions, and Miguel Cotto Promotions for making this fight happen. Thank you for this opportunity to make history, history for Puerto Rico, the opportunity to become one of the fastest to become a world champion. We’re feeling very good about this. I earned this, and you’re going to see it this Saturday.”
OSCAR DUARTE, LIGHTWEIGHT FIGHTER:
”I am very happy, I am very excited for this fight, for this opportunity. I am ready for this Saturday. I will win. Thank you, everybody.”
JOHN “SCRAPPY” RAMIREZ, SUPER FLYWEIGHT FIGHTER:
”You already know, get your popcorn ready. I am not here to take part, I am here to take over. Some people feel some type of way by the way I move but I am just a man on a mission. Saturday Night I am going to make a statement, mark my words.”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS:
“I have known Lee for many years; his son, Ruben Espinoza, would beat me up all the time in the amateurs. On behalf of the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, I would like to present this $30,000 check to the Coachella Valley Boxing Club. To the young fighters here from his gym, the fighters who sit at the dais started their love for the sport of boxing through the local gym like the one Lee has given his life to.”
“It is an honor and pleasure to be here at Fantasy Springs. We’ve had a lot of successful fights here, and we thank you for your hospitality.”
“I firmly believe that this Saturday’s fight card will leave a mark in boxing. From top to bottom, we have historic world championship matchups, world title contenders and newly signed Golden Boy Prospects that I believe are going to shake up their respective divisions.”
LIBRADO “LEE” ESPINOZA, FOUNDER OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY BOXING CLUB:
Thank you, Oscar and Thank you to your organization for the support. Thanks to Golden Boy for supporting Coachella Valley boxing.