Golden Boy, DAZN fight card at Fantasy Springs includes rising local star

When Manny Flores was an amateur boxer, trainers Joel and Antonio Diaz put the Coachella native into the ring with some of the top young boxers in the country at their gym at the Indio Boys & Girls Club. Flores not only didn’t back down from the challenge, but he nearly knocked a few of them out.

The Diaz brothers have since built their own gym in Indio and have brought a host of the world’s top professional boxers with them. But they maintain that even if they were only training Flores, they’d still have many high-stakes fights in their future.

“We just knew he was going to be something special,” Joel Diaz said.

It remains unclear how special, but Coachella Valley fight fans will have a chance to catch a glimpse with their own eyes Thursday at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Golden Boy Promotions returns to the desert for its first Fantasy Springs fight card of the year, headlined by the main event between super lightweights Joel Diaz Jr. (no relation to the trainers) and Mercito Gesta, live on DAZN.

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