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Jonathan Arrellano vs. Juan Reyes this Friday, August 23rd

ORANGE, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2013) – When featherweights Juan Reyes (9-1-1, 1 KO) of Riverside, Calif. and Jonathan Arellano (13-2-1, 3 KOs) of Ontario, Calif. enter the squared circle this Friday at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena in Corona, Calif., they will do so with a firm understanding of each other’s tendencies and ring movements.

“Jonathan and I have known each other since our amateur days,” said Reyes, who is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions. “We first started sparring against one another at the Fontana Boxing Gym years ago. To say that we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses would be an understatement. It’s going to make for an interesting fight.”

Over the years a boxer will develop a long list of sparring partners, particularly if one grows into heavier divisions, but very rarely does a practice relationship, as in the case with Reyes and Arellano, materialize into a main event fight. Both fighters understand the unique situation they find themselves in.

“I think we’ve sparred 10 to 15 times with the latest session coming about a year-and-a-half ago,” said Arellano, who grew up near Corona. “It’s definitely strange to see my name and Juan’s name attached to an official fight. I know he likes to throw a lot of punches so I’ll be ready for his punch output. One thing’s for sure, the fans are going to get an entertaining and exciting fight.”

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Reyes, who will be appearing in his first professional fight scheduled for eight rounds, describes himself as a pressure fighter that relies on a bevy of punches to hurt and wear out opponents.

“We are used to just putting on our practice gear and maybe fighting in front of a couple of people,” Reyes said. “On Friday, however, it’s going to be a totally different story. I’m going to have a ton of family and friends in the stands and so is Jonathan so the adrenaline will be raised considerably. We will be under the bright lights and have to deal with a loud crowd. He’s a tough guy with sound fundamentals so I know it’s going to be a competitive fight.”

The fact that both fighters grew up and still reside in the Inland Empire region of Southern California only adds to the intrigue.

“I guess you can say that area bragging rights are on the line,” Reyes said. “This region has plenty of boxers so I guess it was only a matter of time before Jonathan and I met. There is no animosity between us though. He’s a good kid and comes from a good family.”

“At the end of the day, friend or foe, you have to be ready to fight,” Arellano said. “I know Juan will be ready to fight. I have always liked him and his family, but I won’t let that get in the way of a victory.”

The co-main event showcases the much heralded and undefeated middleweight Colombian prospect Alex Theran (14-0, 8 KOs) taking on Justin Williams (4-8-2, 2 KOs) of New Orleans, La., in an 8-round fight. Theran, like Reyes, is promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and is coming off a 6-round unanimous decision victory over Juan Carlos Rojas (5-6, 0 KOs) on Friday, July 26.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:45 pm. The Omega Products Outdoor Arena is located at 1681 California Ave., Corona, CA 92881.

“New Blood” is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Lucas Oil, in association with Time Warner Cable Deportes.

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison In Action This Friday, August 23

WASHINGTON, D.C., (August, 20, 2013)- Undefeated and rising welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (16-0, 9KOs), the 2012 Prospect of the Year, will be back in action this Friday, Aug. 23, when he faces veteran Guillermo Valdes (12-4, 3KOs) of Miami, Fla. at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Dover, Delaware is quickly becoming a home-away-from-home for the SE Washington, D.C., boxer who has fought in “The First State” twice this year already and who plans to continue his rise to the World rankings supported by fans from Delaware and the surrounding region.

“Every fight the opponent seems to get better and better,” Hernandez-Harrison said. “This guy has the best record of any guy I have faced and I will be prepared. I have trained to go the distance, but if the knockout comes, that would be great too.”

In his last fight, on the June 29 HBO Boxing After Dark undercard, Hernandez-Harrison dominated cagey veteran Ben Ankrah, shutting him out 60-54 on two of the judge’s scorecards and 59-55 on the third, while continuing his development against this rugged and experienced fighter.

“In his last couple fights Dusty showed he could win with his jab,” Buddy Harrison, the fighter’s father and trainer, said. “The jab is the key to everything and I think that Dusty is starting to come into his own; we are putting the pieces together to make him a complete fighter.”

“Jeff (Fried of ALL-IN Entertainment, Hernandez-Harrison’s promoter) said it was going to be a busy year, a learning year for me and a foundation year about the pro ranks,” Hernandez-Harrison added. “Every fight I see something else, whether it’s the opponent’s style, experience, different venues or the fan reactions; just what I need to continue with our plan of someday being mentioned along side some of the great fighters of today that I really respect.”

2013, has, in fact, been very busy for Hernandez-Harrison who has already fought five times this year. There are plans to have the 19-year-old Hernandez-Harrison return to Washington, D.C., later in the fall.

In his last fight in Washington, D.C., in May, Hernandez-Harrison’s first headline event under the ALL-IN Entertainment banner, nearly 3,000 enthusiastic fans watched him knock out Eddie Soto in the fifth round, with the fans clearly demonstrating their desire to see more Hernandez-Harrison fights in his hometown.

“While Dusty will continue to fight nationally, he always will return to his community as he understands and appreciates the support that starts at home. We look forward to coming back home to Washington, D.C., in the fall as the turnout for Dusty’s last fight was extraordinary. He rose to the occasion in the ring as this young man continues as Washington’s next superstar, both in and out of the ring,” Fried added.

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