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Riverside's Joseph Landeros Set for Youth Title Shot

Undefeated Riverside's prospect Joseph "Tigre" Landeros (15-0; 15 KO's) will face Ricardo "Tanque" Rojas Ramirez (10-2 7KO's), for the WBC Youth Silver featherweight title in the main event of a double championship card scheduled for April 13th in Culiacan Sinaloa, Mexico and presented by Boxing Club Promotions. The 10-round championship fight will take place at the Buffalo Wild Wings arena in Culiacan on Saturday, April 13th.

In the co-main event, Rialto's, Ricardo "Nino" Sandoval (14-1, 9 KO's) will fight undefeated Giovani González (10-0; 7KO's) in a 10 round scrap for the WBC Intercontinental Youth Flyweight Title. Some of the best developing talent from the region will also be showcased in the 9-fight card. For Joseph Landeros, this will be the second fight of the year and it will mark the firs time he will see action in the featherweight division, after fighting 13 times as bantamweight, and twice at super bantamweight.

Now 18 years old, and able to fight in the United States, Landeros saw the fight in Mexico as an opportunity to showcase talent on a fight that takes him to the opportunity to gain his first international title.

Before joining the professional ranks, Landeros had won 2 Gold Medals in the Binacional Games, a Mexico vs. U.S.A competition, along with 12 Gold and 4 Silver medals in amateur competition, mostly in the United States.

For Landeros, entering the professional boxing at 15 was part of a goal to be ranked and ready for title fights by the age of 18.

"Fighting in Mexico, gave me the chance to hone my skills and gain experience. I have been learning in evey step of the way. I think that give or take a couple of months in which I had to reschedule fights due to school, I am still on track and ready for my first championship fight," said Landeros. "Is see this belt as a great step to be in the right direction towards better and bigger fights in the near future. For a long time, I have been involved with many actitivies withing the WBC family and that was one of the reasons that I accepted this fight. In represents a bigger commitment to the WBC and boxing. People may not see the value of a belt as the Youth Silver title, buy remember that now it requires weight checks an timely intervals and mandatory drug testing. So even the administrative responsabilities prepare you for bigger and better things", added Landeros.

In his native Aguascalientes, Ricardo Rojas was training and ready for a fight in Canada at the end of March, when he was called with an offer to fight for the 126 pound title. He and his managers took the figt that was later approved by the WBC Championship Committe, along with eht Sandoval-Gonzalez bout. "In life, thera are great challenges and sacrifices. I am happy to take on this opportunity and want to thank my friend and manager Davila Medina for the work and getting the shot at a title. We have come a long way from the bottom but I have a philosophy: 'work in silence and let the results speak for you.'. I am going to Culiacan to bring the championship back home', said Rojas.

Currently, Ricardo "Nino" Sandoval is ranked as the number 1 flyweight fighter in the U.S.A. and the 9th ranked fighter in the WBO.

Jeovani "Chunko" González López, from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, is the 6th flyweight in Mexico and has won 5 of the last 6 fights by way of knockout.

"I see this as the first step on the way to a world championship fight," said Sandoval. "Recently, I have changed management. Have burned old bridges and I now have to mantaine a winning streak to continue on my way to the top. I know that by winning, more opportunities will come my way. Our management team is now organizing a work plan for the future, buy we need to win this title as a starting point," added Sandoval that along with Landeros, have a very strong family base in Culiacan, Sinaloa, as both have parents from that Mexican State.

Recently, Boxing Club Promotions held a press conference for the April 13th event. All local fighers and promoter Jose Daniel Castro Rojo were present.

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