Former World Boxing Council light flyweight champion Eric Ortiz of Mexico City and highly regarded, young, undefeated heavyweight Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk of Los Angeles headline “Salute to America’s Heroes 2,” a benefit card at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton presented by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Sept. 29.
All tickets to the seven-bout event, which will be televised nationally by Azteca America, will be given free of charge to Camp Pendleton authorized personnel once again by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.
Also on the card will be an eight-round super bantamweight semi-main event featuring Fernando Beltran Jr. (27-2-1, 17 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico, against Adalberto Borquez (12-4, 11 KOs) of Culiacan; a six-round super featherweight fight matching Zaid Zavaleta (10-2-2, 6 KOs) of Mexico City against Yair Aguiar (1-0, 0 KOs) of Culiacan; and a four-round bantamweight bout pairing Chris Martin (2-0, 0 KOs) of San Diego against Saul Santoyo (0-1) of San Diego. Danny Jiminez (5-0, 1 KO) of Victorville, Calif., is in a four-round lightweight fight
Included is a four-round women’s bantamweight bout featuring Heather Donoho (3-0, 0 KOs) of San Diego against Tonia Cravens (2-4-1, 1 KO) of Albuquerque, N.M.
Opponents for Ortiz, Hawk and Jiminez will be determined.
“This event is only one small way we can express our gratitude to the troops and their families for the sacrifices they make every day,” said Daniel Tucker, Tribal Chairman. “We are honored to have the dedicated men and women of the United States Marine Corps as our guests and to host this event for the second year in a row.”
The 29-year-old Ortiz, who has a record of 24-6-1 with 16 knockouts, was the WBC 108-pound champion during 2005. He won it March 11 with a seventh-round technical knockout of Jose Antonio Aguirre in Mexico City, but was dethroned in his next bout Sept. 10 in Los Angeles by Brian Viloria. Ortiz currently is ranked No. 9 by the International Boxing Federation among 108-pound junior flyweights.
The highly touted, 22-year-old Hawk has a record of 12-0 with 10 knockouts entering his six-round bout.
Hawk, who’s from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, moved to Los Angeles to train with renown, veteran trainer Freddie Roach shortly after signing an exclusive promotional agreement with Sycuan Ringside Promotions.