February 5th, 2011 By Pedro FernandezNEXT MANNY PACQUIAO(?) ON TELEFUTURA!
San Francisco, CA- For years I’ve been imploring promoter Don Chargin to come back to The City by the Bay, San Francisco. Truth be told, unless you’ve got local guys that can fight and sell tickets, boxing takes a backseat to the vast array of entertainment available here. That and some of the incredible prices that arenas like the Cow Palace were demanding, this ran promoters off in droves.
LOCAL YOCALS AND A BUDDING FILIPINO STAR!
When I looked at films of Filipino Mercito Gesta (20-0, 10 KOs) that were posted, you can see why Hall of Famer Chargin is excited. Northern California has supported some Filipino fighters over the years, one being the very capable Fel Clemente of Stockton, CA. History being what it is, Don is looking at possibly bringing Gesta to Stockton after San Francisco.
HALL OF FAMER SOLVES PROMOTING PROBLEMS IN SF
Chargin, who first promoted in 1951, has worked out a deal with the Longshoreman’s Union and will utilize their
2,500 seat, two floored arena. On Friday night February 18, with the backdrop being the world famous Fisherman’s Wharf, Chargin brings Telefutura TV, the Gesta vs. Genaro Trazancos of Mexico main event. With the arena issue settled, Chargin needed some local kids that could sell tickets.
ELOY PEREZ HAS SOLD $20,000 WORTH OF SEATS!
Salinas, CA is in the San Joaquin Valley, an agricultural city about 100 miles or so from San Francisco. That being fact, unbeaten Eloy Perez (19-0, 5 KOs) has already sold $20 K in tickets and he lives a good two hour drive from Frisco. His peeps are coming to see him get “tested” against Roger Hernandez (37-3, 18 KOs).
WESTERN ADDITION REPRESENTED BY MAYFIELD
San Francisco’s unbeaten welterweight (147) Karim Mayfield (13-0-1, 8 KOs) will appear in an eight rounder. Karim has been sought after by a number of promoters, but each time a deal seemed possible, something happened. Mayfield at 30, he needs to spit or get off the pot, thus he sought Chargin out in January to try and guide his career.
ITALIANO LAD FROM WHARF MAKING DEBUT
Joey Gamina is a local kid I used to watch work with a couple of local trainers. The SF native has relocated to Los Angeles, CA, and under the tutelage of Jesse Reid Jr., is ready for his professional debut that will take place one block away from his world famous sponsors, Alioto’s Italian Restaurant. Gamina can punch a little. That being said, I expect we’ll be partying at Alioto’s until the wee hours of the morning!