Two junior featherweight prospects will clash in a crossroads bout Friday night.
Azat Hovhannisyann will face Neftali Campos in an eight round bout at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles. The fight will headline an 'L.A. Fight Club' card and will air live on Estrella TV, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.
The hard-hitting Hovhannisyan (11-2, with 10 KOs), who is originally from Yerevan, Armenia and now resides in the Los Angeles area, scored a sixth round knockout win over Diuhl Olguin in his last bout on Mar. 23.
The 28-year-old Hovhannisyan has won his last five bouts, all by knockout, since his majority decision loss to Walter Santibanes in November of 2014.
"I am really excited to see Azat move up in rounds versus a tough and durable opponent like Neftali Campos," Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz told FightNights.com. "This will be a toe-to-toe battle from round one and will show how good Azat is."
Campos (13-2, with 10 KOs), who hails from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, won his first 11 bouts before losing by unanimous decision to unbeaten Oscar Negrete in March of last year. Three months later, he faced featherweight contender Christopher Diaz, losing by knockout in the eighth and final round.
In a clash of unbeaten junior middleweights, Alexis Rocha will face Cesar Valenzuela in an eight round bout.
In his last bout on Mar. 10, the 19-year-old Rocha (7-0, with 5 KOs) stopped Marcus Beckford after the fourth round. Valenzuela (7-0, with 2 KOs), who has not fought in over three years, has won his last two bouts by knockout.
Opening the 'Boxeo Estelar' telecast will be a six round super middleweight bout between unbeaten Niko Valdes (4-0, with 4 KOs) and Ernesto Berrospe (11-10, with 6 KOs).
Two more fights will round out the card.
RingTV.com and EstrellaTV.com will begin streaming the entire card, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT.
Francisco A. Salazar has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing