We took a trip today to Freddy Roach's Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, CA with Ed Holmes of All Star Promotions to look at one of his up and coming fighters, Johnny Reyes (4-0). Reyes was there, where he usually trains, sparring in preparation of Ed's Battle of the Rising Stars event at Quiet Cannon on March 27th, 2015.
Arriving at the Wild Card facility, which is world famous and a home to Manny Pacquiao, you would never even notice the place. However, if your able to get in, you will realize the rich history and gritty feel it has. Lots of nostalgia here.. walls covered with stuff. We were able to snap a few photos as guests of Ed, but cameras are not welcomed.
Now to the reason we were there, to see Johnny Reyes, a southpaw in the lightweight division out of Palmdale CA. What we saw was an impressive display of power and sharp technique, as Reyes sparred for about 20 minutes. It seemed everyone in the room was noticing Reyes. He is coming off an impressive win at the Rumble in the Desert match in Lancaster CA against Alejandro Ochoa, and according to what we saw today should be one to watch in March. Reyes was scheduled to fight Dominic Coca, who is at 8 and 10, but that has been cancelled.
Check out this old punching power meter machine we saw...