Homegrown fighters boxing in a hometown fight

Posted at 11:40 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-18 02:40:26-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Two homegrown fighters will be throwing fists during the Bakersfield Beat the Streets 2 event presented by Kern County Fight Club.

Miguel "Caveman" Contreras and Alex "Chedda" De Luna will be headlining separate fights on Feb. 1 at the Dignity Health Sports Complex.

Contreras, a Bakersfield High grad, has a 9-0 record with six KO's and will be facing Manuel Monteiro. Caveman feels like he's improved since his last fight and will be ready for the boxer out of Las Vegas.

"On paper, this is the toughest opponent I've fought," Contreras said. "He has seven wins with seven KO's so he has power and I think that's his toughest attribute right now. I'm really big on defense, I've felt an 8-pound glove inside the ring and it's not fun so I don't want to get hit by them so we're really big on defense, and I'm confident that it's working."

De Luna, a Ridgeview grad, is 8-0 with six KOs. The opponent he was scheduled to fight is no longer on the ticket due to weight concerns. While his opponent is still undecided, it's not getting in the way of De Luna's preparation.

"I mean you can't really look at your opponent too much because he could come completely different the day of the fight," he said. "As long as I'm prepared and feel I'm confident in that ring, I'm ready to go and ready for anything that my opponent may bring in that ring.

Doors for the fight will open at 5 p.m. and $3 from every pre-sold ticket will go towards a scholarship for a student to further their education.