Aspiring boxers headline a boxing event at the Chumash Casino Resort

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, up-and-coming boxers from across the country will face off as the World Fighting Championships take place at the Chumash Casino Resort with its WFC 131, in the Samala Showroom. Tickets for the event can be purchased for $35, $55, $75, and $95. The map is subject to change.

The main event will pit undefeated Angel Flores (8-0), who trains locally at Flores Boxing Club in Buellton, against Derrick Murray (14-4-1), who trains at 12th & Park Boxing in St Louis. Flores is a local favorite who has recorded two knockouts in the same number of fights at the Samala Showroom.

“We are thrilled to bring boxing back to the Central Coast. These homegrown athletes have been training hard for their long-awaited return to the ring, and we can’t wait to see them show off their skills,” said Matt McGovern, President of the World Fighting Championships.

WFC 131 will feature local fighters from a handful of local Central Coast boxing clubs including Big’s Boxing, Balderas Boxing Club, Knuckleheadz Boxing & MMA, JLD Boxing Academy and Flores Boxing Club.

Oxnard’s Rudy Ochoa (10-1) is expected to compete, and there will be a Central Coast showdown between Ventura’s Michael De La Cruz (0-1) and Santa Maria’s Oscar Mendoza (4-4).

Three fighters are making their professional debuts. Fight night will also feature two amateur fights.

Chumash Casino Resort will require WFC 131 ticket holders to present proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48 hours of the show for a PCR test or within 24 hours of the show for a test Antigen. The state’s indoor mask mandate will also be in effect.

The resort is located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, California. This is a 21+ venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort or online at

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