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Gonzalez vs Archuleta in IBA Title Fight

Posted on 09/19/2008

Four Fresno Area Boxers Headline Undercard

Friant, CA, September 19 – In the unpredictable world of boxing, dreams can come true or be broken with a single punch. No one knows this better than veteran contenders Roger ‘Speedy’ Gonzalez and Frankie Archuleta, but on Tuesday, November 18th, these fighters will have the opportunity to achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a world champion when they square off at Friant’s Table Mountain Casino for the IBA junior lightweight crown.

This high-impact night of professional boxing presented by Table Mountain Casino in association with Roy Englebrecht Events, will take place at the Table Mountain Casino Events Center in Friant, California.

The wildly popular boxing series launched in 2007 by Table Mountain Casino in association with Roy Englebrecht Events, not only has featured both boxing and mixed martial arts events that have met with a rousing reception from fight fans, but the series is also presenting its fourth world title fight in just two years on November 18th.

Chino, California’s Roger ‘Speedy’ Gonzalez (27-2, 18 KOs) is a former bantamweight contender who won his first 23 fights and the NABO title before losing to future world champion Jhonny Gonzalez in 2004. Opting to step away from the game later that year, Gonzalez would eventually return to the ring at his optimum weight of 130 pounds in 2007, and the 30-year old’s 2-1 record in his comeback has shown that he still has what it takes to compete against and beat the best the junior lightweight division has to offer.

The pride of New Mexico, Bernalillo’s Frankie Archuleta (25-5-1, 14 KOs) has garnered a devoted fan following for his warrior’s heart and willingness to go to war each and every time the bell rings. An 11 year pro, this former NABA champion built his reputation in memorable battles with Kevin Kelley, Rocky Juarez, Emmanuel Lucero, and in two fights which he split with Johnny Tapia. Now ready to challenge for the IBA crown, Archuleta – who is coming off an eighth round TKO win over Armando Cordoba – is eager to put another title belt around his waist on November 18th.

The five fight undercard will have a real Fresno flavor, with four local and area fighters seeing action. Fresno’s tough middleweight Loren Myers will face Orange County’s Derrick Thomas; Fresno lightweights Jorge Magallones and Jorge Roque will be in four rounders, and Madera’s Gabriel Gil in a six rounder.

Doors open at 6pm, and the first bell rings at 7pm. Tickets, priced from $50 to $30, are available at the Table Mountain Casino box office or online at

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