Dan Rafael: Zachary Ochoa

Golden Boy Promotions on Thursday announced the undercard for the Aug. 9 card it is putting on at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Showtime will televise the top three bouts: a nontitle welterweight fight between junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and lightly regarded Rod Salka, junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson in a defense against Edgar Santana and a fight between Daniel Jacobs and Jarrod Fletcher for a vacant middleweight belt.

The top name among the preliminary bout fighters is 2008 U.S. Olympian and Brooklyn resident Sadam Ali (19-0, 12 KOs), who will take on Jeremy Bryan (17-3, 7 KOs) of Paterson, New Jersey. Ali-Bryan will air on the Showtime Extreme portion of the telecast.


• Washington, D.C., lightweight Anthony Peterson (33-1, 21 KOs), Lamont’s brother, will face an opponent to be determined in a 10-rounder. This fight will also be on Showtime Extreme.

• Light heavyweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne (11-0, 8 KOs), of Staten Island, New York, will box in his first scheduled 10-rounder against Paul Vazquez (10-5-1, 3 KOs) of Oakland, California.

• Brooklyn junior welterweight prospect Zachary Ochoa (7-0, 4 KOs) will face Palm Spring, California's Luis Cervantes (7-7-3, 2 KOs) in a four-rounder. Time permitting, Ochoa-Cervantes will be on Showtime Extreme.

• Puerto Rico's Prichard Colon (10-0, 10 KOs) will face Lenwood Dozier (9-6-1, 4 KOs) of Washington, D.C., in an eight-round junior middleweight bout.

• Washington, D.C., super middleweight prospect D'mitrius Ballard (5-0, 4 KOs) kicks off the card in a six-rounder against Barry Trotter (2-1, 1 KO) of Hayti, Montana.

Ali, Ochoa, Brown on D.C. card

April, 7, 2014
Apr 7
Unbeaten welterweight Sadam Ali, a 2008 U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn, N.Y., will be one of the boxers featured in the nontitle bouts that Golden Boy Promotions announced Monday for the undercard of its April 19 (Showtime) card at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

The three top fights are world title bouts: the Bernard Hopkins-Beibut Shumenov light heavyweight title unification match, welterweight titlist Shawn Porter defending against former titleholder Paulie Malignaggi and middleweight titlist “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin in a defense against Lukas Konecny.

Ali (18-0, 11 KOs) will meet Jeremy Bryan (17-3, 7 KOs) of Paterson, N.J., in a scheduled 10-round bout that will be featured on the Showtime Extreme telecast.

Also scheduled for the Showtime Extreme portion of the card are Brooklyn’s Zachary Ochoa (6-0, 3 KOs) against Puerto Rico's Hector Marengo (6-7-4, 4 KOs) in a four-rounder and light heavyweight Marcus Browne (9-0, 7 KOs), a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Staten Island, N.Y., against an opponent to be determined in an eight-rounder.

In one of the nontelevised fights, middleweight prospect Dominic Wade (14-0, 10 KOs) of Largo, Md., who recently signed with powerful adviser Al Haymon, faces Marcus Upshaw (15-11-2, 7 KOs), of Jacksonville, Fla., in an eight-round fight.

Golden Boy signs Herrera, Ochoa

February, 12, 2014
Feb 12
Golden Boy Promotions announced the signing of a pair of junior welterweights on Tuesday: veteran Mauricio Herrera and prospect Zachary Ochoa.

"We welcome these two exciting boxers to the Golden Boy Promotions team, and we have big plans for them in the coming years," Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer said in making the announcement.

“Mauricio Herrera is one of the most underrated fighters in the sport, but he will get his chance to shine in March when he challenges Danny Garcia for the junior welterweight title. We've been watching Zachary Ochoa during our East Coast events, and he has a bright future in a talent-rich division."

Neither signing comes as much of a surprise. Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) will challenge 140-pound champion Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) on March 15 (Showtime) in Puerto Rico. That fight was announced last week, and his signing goes along with getting the fight.

Herrera, 33, of Riverside, Calif., owns a 2011 points victory against Ruslan Provodnikov, who went on to win a junior welterweight world title in October. Herrera also lost a decision to former titlist Mike Alvarado in a hellacious battle that was a 2012 fight of the year candidate.

"Being from Southern California, Golden Boy Promotions has always had a big presence, and I'm happy to be on the company roster," Herrera said. “I've paid my dues over the years, and now it's time to get my world title and the big fights. Golden Boy Promotions will help me get those fights. The world title, that's up to me."

The 21-year-old Ochoa (6-0, 3 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., has been a regular on Golden Boy’s recent cards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and his signing has been in the works.

"It's an honor for me to be a part of the best promotional company in boxing," Ochoa said. "I've been putting in a lot of hard work and I've made plenty of sacrifices over the years, never giving up the dream that one day I would get my chance to shine. That day is here, and I'm going to make the most of it."