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Lampkin Takes on Maldonado in a Great Northwest Match-up This Friday at Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon

by on Nov.05, 2014, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

Ray Lampkin, Jr. skip roping (photo courtesy of www.oregonlive.com)

Ray Lampkin, Jr. skip roping (photo courtesy of www.oregonlive.com)

After a yearlong lay-off, one of the most promising prospects in the Pacific Northwest makes his return to the ring this Friday, November 7th at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon. Headlining the Patrick Ortiz Ringside Tickets Inc. promotion, undefeated Ray Lampkin Jr. will take on the toughest challenge of his young pro career in the skilled Ricardo Maldonado in what promises to be an exciting five round main event for the Northwest Jr. Welterweight title.

Fight fans in the Pacific Northwest have high hopes for Portland, Oregon’s Ray Lampkin Jr. The quick fisted ring tactician was once a highly decorated amateur, winning several national titles. Since turning pro he’s gone undefeated in four outings, defeating some very good regional fighters along the way. In his most recent fight he won an exciting four round decision over the battle tested and well respected journeyman Joaquin Chavez.

While it’s been over a year since Lampkin’s last fight, he’s maintained a busy training schedule working with notable world beaters in Arizona and Florida. He spent most of the training camp for this fight in Florida, working alongside top fighters, including current WBA Bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano. With rumored interest from Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports in signing Lampkin, a lot is riding on this fight. An impressive win against a well-regarded opponent will do much to boost the career of the young prospect, while a loss will undoubtedly set him back quite a bit. He certainly has a tough assignment in front of him.

Ricardo Maldonado was undefeated up until a few months ago and had many northwest observers very excited about his chances of being more than just a regional prospect. That changed in June when he faced the tough Manuel Mendez and lost a close four round decision in a great fight. He rebounded one month later with a win over Guillermo Delgadillo, but in order to build himself back up he has to keep winning. Defeating such a highly touted fighter as is Lampkin would do a lot towards restoring the lost luster of his career. With so many stylistic similarities, he has a very good chance of scoring an upset

Both Lampkin and Maldonado are quick, skilled fighters with strong chins and a tenacious nature. It is that tenacious nature that has many looking forward to seeing these to step into the ring. While the match-up features two highly skilled fighters with excellent boxing skills, they both also have a habit of abandoning those skills in favor of slugging when met with resistance. They both like to fight and it is that tendency for falling into brawls that has helped build a large fan base for both fighters. With so much riding on a victory, the stage is set for a great fight.

As is usually the case on a Patrick Ortiz show, the rest of the card is filled with some great match-ups featuring some of the best in the northwest.

The quick and flashy Zach Cooper will look to shake the rust off after a year of inactivity in a four round welterweight bout. Copper, who is a native of Seattle, Washington, now lives in Las Vegas and trains out of the Mayweather Gym. He will take on Sacramento’s Rasheed Lawal.

In a solid match-up of come-forward sluggers, Salem, Oregon’s Manuel Mendez will take on Walla Walla, Washington’s Guillermo Delgadillo. Mendez, who is a very aggressive fighter with a vast arsenal to draw from, is looking to add another impressive victory after upsetting the then undefeated Ricardo Maldonado last June. He will have his hands full against the equally aggressive Delgadillo. The bout is scheduled for six rounds.

Vancouver, Washington’s Virgil Green will look to get his career back on track after suffering a highly controversial loss to Moris Rodriguez last August. Green, who is still considered a top northwest prospect despite the recent loss, will take on San Ysidro, California’s Israel Arellano in a six round Jr. Welterweight fight.

Three other bouts will round out the undercard. The Seven Feathers Casino is located in Canyonville, Oregon right off of I-5. Doors to the event open at 7pm with the first bout set to start at 8pm.For tickets visit www.sevenfeathers.com or call 877-772-5425.

 

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