ONTARIO, CA (September 7, 2022) – Undefeated middleweights Richard Brewart Jr. (12-0, 4 KOs) and Joeshon James (6-0, 3 KOs) will clash in an 8-round main event on Thompson Boxing’s “Locked ’N Loaded” card. In the 8-round co-main event, Roberto Meza Jr. (15-2-1, 8 KOs) takes on Isaac Avelar (16-5, 10 KOs) in a featherweight showdown.
“Locked ‘N Loaded” will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA on Friday, September 23, 2022. Doors open at 6:30 pm PT with the first fight starting at 8:00 pm PT. Tickets are priced $50, $75, and $100, are available for purchase by calling 714-935-0900 or online at www.thompsonboxing.com. Fight fans will be able to watch all Thompson Boxing fights, weigh-ins, and behind-the-scenes content, via their new Mobile App downloadable on Apple and Google.
“This will be another step toward my goal of becoming one of the top middleweights in the division,” Brewart Jr. stated. “This will be my fourth undefeated fighter that I’ll be facing in my career, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. These are the type of fights I need to win to get me ranked. I’m expecting a tough fight with Joeshon James, and the fans will be witnessing a great performance by me. My goal is to break him down and take him out in the later rounds.”
“Brewart Jr. is a good fighter, but he’s not on my level,” said Joeshon James. “I know he’ll be fighting in front of his hometown fans, but that has only motivated me to train harder, as I know I’ll be going to battle in hostile territory. No disrespect, but I’m going to win this fight and give Brewart Jr. his first loss.”
Lightweight Ruben Islas (6-0, 5 KOs), of Rialto, Calif., will face an opponent TBA (6-rounds)
Opening the card will be featherweight David Salinas (2-0-1,1 KO) of Rialto, Calif., facing Alexis Salido (2-3, 1 KO), of Phoenix, Arizona. (4-rounds)
Beto Duran will operate as the blow-by-blow commentator with expert commentary by Doug Fischer. Jessica Rosales will serve as the onsite ringside reporter.
Here is what Joeshon James had to say about his recent training camp, his matchup with Brewart Jr. and more.
On his training camp:
“I moved my camp to Las Vegas for this fight and I have been working with all the top fighters who are training out there. I typically train in Sacramento, California, but for a fight of this caliber I invested in myself and I’m looking to make a statement. I don’t want to leave anything up to chance. So, I am all-in on this fight, and will be ready for whatever version of Richard Brewart Jr. presents itself.”
On his matchup with Richard Brewart Jr.:
“I am not going to say I am unimpressed by his skills, but I felt Nathan Weston beat him, and probably could’ve stopped him in their fight. Brewart gets hit a lot. I hit very hard. For him to see the final bell will be a big accomplishment. I just think he has too many flaws, and I worked too hard going into this fight.”
On what a win will do for his career:
“To beat a well-known undefeated fighter in his hometown will do wonders for my career. I am an unsigned fighter with a ton of amateur fights, who was consistently fighting at national tournaments in USA Boxing events for the past decade. A win here gives me a chance to give my young family a better life, a chance to sign with a promoter, and improve our lives. This fight will be life-changing for me. I am fighting for everything this weekend.”
On Northern California vs. Southern California Rivalry:
“Honestly, the rivalry between Northern California and Southern California isn’t what people make it out to be. We’re just people. I think, because the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball teams are so popular and have such a well-known rivalry, people think it is a bigger deal than it is. I am going into his hometown, but I am going to earn a lot of respect with the way I fight. People might boo at first, but by the end of the night, they will be fans of mine.”
Here is what Brewart Jr. had to say about his recent training camp, his matchup with Joeshon James, fighting at home, and more.
On his recent training camp:
“A lot of hard work was put into this camp, a lot of tough sparring, and now I’m in great shape. I’ve been working on being more active, throwing more punches each round, and keeping a better pace throughout each round. The work I put into this camp will show on fight night as I’m looking to get stop my opponent before the final bell rings.”
On how his career is going progressing:
“First off, I want to thank Thompson Boxing for keeping me busy during the pandemic. This will be the third undefeated fighter I will face in my career, and I feel my name is starting to get attention in the middleweight division. I am fighting the toughest possible opponents I can, and this will be no different. I truly believe I am the best prospect in all of boxing based on my resume. This weekend I will prove it again.”
On fighting back at home:
“I love putting on great shows in-front of all the fans who show up to cheer me on. It has been five fights since I knocked someone out, so it is long overdue that I stop someone. So, what better place than back at home to break the decision streak. The goal of this camp has been simple – be the best version of myself. After I win this fight, bigger fights will come, so I want to put on a show and make a statement. I have trained for this fight like it was a 12-round world title fight.”
On his matchup with Joeshon James:
“He is a good fighter, but the type of opponents he has faced in the pros are nothing like what I have faced. He was a very good amateur, but I am a very good professional. That is a big difference, and Friday, Joeshon will see the difference in the ring.”
On what a win will do for his career:
“I am looking to enter the top-15 of the world rankings with a win. I want to face the best guys in the world, and that is why I am facing the best talent possible. I am not turning down hard fights, and beyond that – I am winning these fights. A win here puts me one step closer to recognition, and regional titles. I want both, but I really want a belt before 2023 is over.”
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