Staff Report

Boxing returns to the Chumash Casino Resort for the first time in more than three years when World Fighting Championships features a number of local professional and amateur boxers in the Samala Showroom at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 6.

Professional boxers slated to fight on the main card include Ruffino Serrano (Santa Maria), Manuel Romero (Santa Maria), John Leo Dato (Santa Maria), Oscar Mendoza (Santa Barbara), Guerrado Alvarez (Santa Maria), Angel Flores (Santa Ynez), Jose Maria Delgado (Oxnard) and Dominic Serna Jr. (a Santa Maria native who now lives in Indio), among others.

Amateur bouts will feature Santa Maria’s Evander Augustine, Henyner Diaz, Adrian Alvarado and Daniel Rubio.

The amateur matches are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. with the professional bouts following at 7 p.m. The card is subject to change.

The last time boxing was featured at the casino was in January 2015 for an episode of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” Soon after, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians began a casino-hotel expansion project, which prevented the tribe from hosting boxing events.

World Fighting Championships hosts about 20 events a year in casinos throughout the country. For more information on its events, visit

Tickets cost $35, $55, $75 and $95, available at the casino or at