VISALIA, Calif. – Undefeated 559 Fights Welterweight Champion Garrett Marks will put his title on the line Saturday at Visalia’s Holiday Inn against Visalia’s own Jonathan De Leon.
De Leon stepped in on short notice after an injury forced Farmersville’s Jeffrey Lewis from the fight.
Tickets start at just $20 and can be purchased at Nutrishop Visalia on Mooney Blvd. in the InShape City parking lot.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and fights start at 7.
“It was unfortunate that Lewis was injured, but I was really excited when Jonathan decided to move up in weight and take the fight to keep it a local fight,” said 559 Fights President Jeremy Luchau. “De Leon fights locally at Vitruvian Fight and Fitness and they’re an up-and-coming gym with some great talent. It was a blessing to not have to go outside of our area for a fighter.”
Marks has compiled a 4-0 record, fighting in several different weight classes and will be defending his title for the first time.
“Garrett is one of those guys that is on the brink of moving on to the pro-circuit,” Luchau said. “I expect both guys to do more slugging in this fight than wrestling. It’s an excellent main event under the circumstances.”
559 Fights has 10 bouts scheduled at the Holiday Inn and features a pair of 559 Fights featherweight tournament bouts.
Bakersfield featherweight Holt Felkins (4-0-1) takes on Escalon’s Steven Ronneburg (3-1) and Visalia’s Devon Chavez (2-2) battles Coalinga’s Domingo Ramirez (2-0).
“We’ve had a huge amount of turnover with our champions moving on to the pro level and I felt like there wasn’t a clear cut pair of fighters I wanted to have fight for a title,” Luchau said.
“There was a handful of guys worthy of the shot, so what better way to settle it than to have them compete against one another.”
The winners of the two semifinals will square off for the 559 Fights Featherweight Title on January 16th, 2015 at the Lemoore Recreation Center at 559 Fights 32.
559 Fights will also put Bakersfield bantamweight Marcel Cyprian (6-2) against Alex Valencia (4-2) in a bantamweight semifinal.
“I wanted to do the same thing in the 135-pound weight class, but we had some injuries and have had to move one of the semifinals to our December event in Fresno,” Luchau said.
“But the bantamweight semifinal we do have on deck between Cyprian and Valencia is an amazing bout. This could certainly be a title fight.”
Like the 145-pound tournament, the semifinalists will square off in Lemoore in January.
Weighins will be held at CrossFit West Visalia at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Weighins are free and open to the public.
VIP Tables, Front Row seats and VIP Packages are still available and can be purchased by calling 559-813-0307.
In other bouts;
-Ceres flyweight Mike Tubera (5-1) vs. Fresno’s Carlos Hernandez (5-3).
-Fresno light heavyweight James Porter (0-0) vs. Fresno’s Daniel Manriques (0-0).
-Fresno welterweight Dustin Toby (0-1) vs. Lindsay’s Ignacio Guzman (0-0).
-Visalia featherweight Diego Orozco (0-0) vs. Ridgecrest’s Brandon O’Baker (0-0).
-Visalia lightweight Brandon Jacobo (0-0) vs. Farmersville’s Miguel Quiroz (0-0).
-Ridgecrest lightweight Victor Rico (2-1) vs. Farmersville’s Frank Salazar (0-0).