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Three Reasons To Buy Thompson Boxing’s PPV on Sunday

Thompson Boxing will be putting together an online pay-per-view, which will be accessible from their webpage,, as the Southern California-based boxing promotion will look to figure out a way to keep their fighters active in a creative means, with no fans allowed in the building, hence a pay-per-view that is less than ten dollars in price on Sunday, July 26th.

For the average fan, which might be you, you might ask ‘why should I buy this?’ Well, in short, we will try to answer that now.

Let’s start with Thompson Boxing in general, who has promoted Tim Bradley Jr., Josesito Lopez, Daniel Roman, amongst many others. The likable promoter is trying their best to keep their fighters active since most of their shows were streamed for years, free on Facebook. Essentially, one of the few value-laden promoters.

The Redemption of Michael Dutchover

Michael Dutchover, a lightweight signed to Thompson Boxing, and trained as well managed by one of the good guys of the sport, Danny Zamora, lost a very controversial fight last year in his hometown of Midland, Texas, on ShoBox, as Dutchover was given no-benefit of the doubt when he suffered a cut. Dutchover’s fight was waived off promptly handing him the first loss of his career to Thomas Mattice, a solid Ohio fighter. To make matters worse, Dutchover was winning the fight on the scorecards at the time of the eighth round stoppage, a true gut punch for your first fight at home on a major network. Not to mention, Dutchover was looking to go from the mid-market of L.A. to the large market of the whole United States.

Dutchover has had essentially a year-off and now is facing someone in the same spot as himself, the one-loss former prospect, Jorge Marron Jr., who comes from a boxing family, has a good pedigree as well.

Despite neither of these fighters have the names of Vasyl Lomachenko or ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, this is a career-defining fight, and the fact Dutchover is trusted to headline a card after a loss shows Thompson Boxing has a lot of faith in the young fighter. That being said, the bout is one with a lot of unknowns and worthy of a price point viewing as both guys are quality.

For this camp, Dutchover has sparred Arnold Barboza Jr., a rising Top Rank light welterweight, while Marron Jr. trained in San Diego, with seemingly no strong social media presence.

The eight-round bout will see someone elevate and someone goes to the b-side for most of their professional career after this bout.

Ruben Torres Becoming A Contender

Super lightweight Ruben Torres, and stablemate of Michael Dutchover, also trained and managed by Danny Zamora, will look to make a statement as he faces Oscar Bravo, the man only stopped by surging prospect Xavier Martinez, and the man who nearly beat Saul “Neno” Rodriguez on ShoBox.

Torres, who has one of the biggest wins of any young fighter beating unbeaten George Acosta last year is becoming one of Thompson Boxing’s rising stars. After the win, Torres dawned a “hi mom” t-shirt, and seemingly broke through to a greater Los Angeles, California fanbase. Torres is a big puncher with the ability to box, and has done what he has needed in each professional fight, meaning he has passed each checkmark so far without too many questions being left about him.

Bravo, who has a pedestrian looking record is the exact guy to play spoiler, and will also show the world if Torres is ready to elevate, or if he should simmer at the club circuit for a bit longer. The Ring Mag’s Dougie Fischer compares Torres to Josesito Lopez, which is a fair comparison, and with power to boot, Torres is a homegrown star in the making for Thompson Boxing.

Bay Area Dinong’s Major Break

Though originally from Hawaii, over the last five or so years, Arnold Dinong has become a major member of the Bay Area community and is a major part of the Aloha Time Boxing Gym in San Mateo, California. His coaches, former U.S. Olympic alternate at flyweight Bruno Escalante, and the highly-esteemed Mike Bazzel, who recently was one of two cut men to serve all seven weeks for Top Rank’s Summer Series.

Dinong has gotten to seven wins but still does not have a promoter, and now is looking to go to the next level, and his opponent, the one-loss Brandon Cruz, is in a similar spot to himself, a good fighter looking to find a promoter.

This bout proves as a resume builder for the winner of the fight, as the winner will look to take their CV to a promoter, hopefully Thompson Boxing and find gainful employment in the field of boxing for the short-term future.

In short, Cruz looks to be a back-foot boxer, and Dinong is a come forward volume puncher with a big speed advantage. This could steal the show.

You can purchase the pay-per-view prior to the event which begins at 4:30 PM PST, by going to

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